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Sherman unopposed... The Captain Beall/Lincoln/Booth connection...



Item # 673327

February 25, 1865

NEW YORK HERALD, Feb. 25, 1865  Among the front page one column heads on the Civil War are: "WILMINGTON" "Our Troops in Possession of the City" "Battle & Rout of the Rebels" "General Terry in Pursuit of Hoke's Troops" "SHERMAN" "His March Unopposed" "The Capture of Columbia Very Unexpected at Richmond" "Groans Over the Fall of Charleston" & more.
But perhaps the most intriguing article, which takes nearly two columns on the front page, is the report headed: "Execution of Capt. Beall" "Solemn & Imposing Ceremonies on Governor's Island" "Last Words of the Condemned" "His Appearance & Antecedents". Websites on John Beall provide much information on his life and work during the Civil War.
To be brief, despite appeals from 91 Congressmen Lincoln would not overturn the sentence of execution. Wikipedia reports that there is a legend that Beall was a friend of John Wilkes Booth, and Booth petitioned Lincoln to have Beall's death sentence overturned. It is believe that Lincoln's inaction to save Beall's life was motivation, at least in part, for Booth to kill Lincoln.
Eight pages, nice condition.

Item from Catalog 305 (released for April, 2021)...

Category: Yankee