My "L" post for the Blogging from A to Z Challenge is not a place, but a person.
150 years ago, April 14, 1865, was Good Friday. Just a few days before, April 9, Confederate General Robert E. Lee surrendered his Army of Northern Virginia to Union General U.S. Grant. Although this action did NOT end the Civil War, (and I am one of many who believe it has never truly ended), many had rejoiced at the news.
But not everyone.
Some of those "not everyones" plotted to assassinate the President of the United States, Abraham Lincoln, and two of his successors - the Vice-President and the Secretary of State, to totally disrupt the United States government.
The night of April 14, 1865, Abraham Lincoln, his wife, Henry Rathbone (an Army officer) and Rathbone's fiance, watched a play at Ford's Theatre in Washington, DC. In those days Presidents were not guarded.
At around 10:15pm, an acclaimed actor and Confederate sympathizer, John Wilkes Booth, entered Lincoln's private box and shot Lincoln in the back of his head. The wound proved to be fatal. Lincoln died the next day.
So what is so beautiful about that? Well, 150 years later, the ways we pay tribute to Abraham Lincoln show how deep he is embedded in our national consciousness.
n a university museum exhibit called Crafting Civil (War) Conversations last month.
In Vandalia, Illinois, I found a duplicate of a Lincoln Life Mask made in 1960.
In Vandalia, I also found a city park . Lincoln began his political career in Vandalia, a city where his memory is constantly honored. I once blogged about eating a tuna sandwich on that bench.
The aftermath of the assassination of Abraham Lincoln still echoes in our country even today, 150 years later. Many cites or towns in our nation are called Lincoln or a variation (i.e. Lincoln Park) but not all of them are named after Abraham Lincoln (I found, for example, at least one error in this map). Even today, there are people who revere Lincoln's memory and people who despise it.
However you feel, Lincoln has become an integral part of America the Beautiful.