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Gun Deringer, Philadelphia 1850


Gun Deringer, Philadelphia 1850.

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Mary Todd Lincoln left to attend a performance at Ford's Theatre. The play was Our American Cousin, a musical comedy. When Lincoln sat in the balcony, John Wilkes Booth, an actor from Maryland, Virginia resident and Southern sympathizer, fired a single shot with a Derringer pistol round bale to the President's head and shouted "Sic semper tyrannis!" ("Thus always to tyrants" Virginia state motto). Booth jumped from the balcony to the stage; the public believed that the joining was bowing, but the truth is that he had broken a leg.

Booth hit off his horse and escaped. The president, after being mortally wounded and taken care of by the young military doctor Charles Leale August, in the theater, he was taken to a house across the street where he fell into a coma until he died ten hours after the attack. Booth and several of his colleagues (turned out later that some of them were innocent) were eventually captured and hanged or imprisoned. The exception to this is if Booth who was killed by police.

The train of mourners Lincoln.El Lincoln's body was carried by train in a grand funeral procession through several states. The nation mourned a man whom many considered El Salvador to the United States and the protector and defender of what Lincoln himself called "government of the people, by the people and for the people." Critics argue that the Confederates were in fact those who were defending the right of "government for the people" and that it was Lincoln who abolished that right.

He was buried in Oak Ridge Cemetery in Springfield (Illinois).


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Long17.5 cms.
Made inMenorca (Spain)
MaterialWood and Zamak

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