In Manhattan today, President Lincoln stands over Union Park, a fitting tribute to keeping the Union together. The statue was dedicated in 1870, only five years after his assassination. While New York is considered a very Northern state, during the Revolutionary War it was a very British leaning colony, so the change in just a century is interesting.
Clara Barton's diary from the night and morning after President Lincoln were assasinated gives a glimpse into the mindset of many people in Washington. She says that "no one knows what to do." Barton, who was very involved in the war effort through her nursing and creation of the Missing Soldiers' Office had personally known Lincoln. Her sorrow is evident as is her need to take action.
In addition to a statue in Columbus, OH, President Lincoln is also memorialized there with a hospital. One of the legacies of the Civil War today is the death toll and advances in medicine made during the War. "Thousands of casualties overwhelmed medical facilities. A soldier recalled, 'Many had died there, and others were in the last agonies as we passed. Their groans and cries were heartrending (p. 457).'"
HISTORY/GRANT'S TOMB: Grant's Tomb is a $600,000 granite structure which holds the remains of the Civil War hero and 18th president (and his wife Julia). It is the largest mausoleum in the US, and is patterned after Mausolus’ tomb at Halicarnassus, making it a plagiarized version of one of the Seven Wonders of the World. Riverside Dr at 122nd St, Morningside Heights.
Springfield City Ordinance Providing Funds for Funeral pril 19, 1865Funeral Springfield Provides Funds and Land The Mayor and the City Council of Springfield, Illinois, designate $20,000 to offset the costs of the president's funeral and set aside land in Oak Ridge Cemetery for Lincoln.The Mayor and City Council of Springfield, Illinois passed this ordinance to appropriate $20,000 to defray the expenses of Abraham Lincoln's funeral in the city.
With the election so up-in-the-air, many Northerners were not sure for whom to vote: Lincoln of McClellan. This page in a broadside, or magazine, suggests how soldiers should vote. The soldiers' perspective must have greatly depended, as most things do, on experience. While many surely had strong feelings about slavery, many were drafted and were fighting as their obligation. Certainly, they all would have preferred as short a war as possible.
Unidentified young soldier in Confederate uniform with Bowie knife; hand colored ambrotype, unknown photographer; part of the Liljenquist Family Collection of Civil War Photographs, LOC; Call Number: AMB/TIN no. 3139[P&P]