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General Orders No. 66, issued on April 16, 1865, announced Lincoln’s “untimely and lamentable” death to the Union troops in the field. The announcement begins with a statement by Secretary of War Edwin Stanton: “The distressing duty has devolved upon the Secretary of War to announce to the Armies of the United States, that at twenty-two minutes after seven o’clock, on the morning of Saturday, the fifteenth day of April, 1865, ABRAHAM LINCOLN, President of the United States, died of a mortal wound inflicted upon him by an assassin.” Stanton then orders a mourning period of thirty days, with Gen. U. S. Grant adding specific instructions for procedures during that period. Read the entire text by clicking on “View Object Record.”
- United States., War Dept., United States., Adjutant-General's Office., Nichols, William Augustus, Stanton, Edwin M.
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