The fearful tragedy at Washington has converted an occasion of rejoicing over national victory into one of national mourning. It is fitting, therefore, that the 20th of April, heretofore set apart as a day of thanksgiving, should now be dedicated to services appropriate to a season of national bereavement. Bowing reverently to the Providence of God, let us assemble in our places of worship on that day to acknowledge our dependence on Him who has brought sudden darkness on the land in the very hour of its restoration to Union, Peace and Liberty.COPYRIGHT 2015 CAROLE OSTERINK
Thursday, April 16, 2015
150 Years Ago: April 16, 1865
On this day in 1865, the New York Times published the proclamation issued by Reuben E. Fenton, then the governor of New York. Fenton's words express themes common to reactions of the time to the death of Lincoln.