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Edward L. Pierce, Memoir and letters of Charles Sumner: volume 4 2 0 Browse Search
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Edward L. Pierce, Memoir and letters of Charles Sumner: volume 4, Chapter 50: last months of the Civil War.—Chase and Taney, chief-justices.—the first colored attorney in the supreme court —reciprocity with Canada.—the New Jersey monopoly.— retaliation in war.—reconstruction.—debate on Louisiana.—Lincoln and Sumner.—visit to Richmond.—the president's death by assassination.—Sumner's eulogy upon him. —President Johnson; his method of reconstruction.—Sumner's protests against race distinctions.—death of friends. —French visitors and correspondents.—1864-1865. (search)
contain inaccuracies and discrepancies. A bystander, at one in the night, wrote: Senator Sumner was seated on the right of the President's couch, near the head, holding the right hand of the President in his own. He was sobbing like a woman, with his head bowed down almost on the pillow of the bed on which the President was lying. New York Herald, April 15; Tribune, April 15. A witness, in describing the last moment of the scene, said: Senator Sumner, General Todd, Robert Lincoln, and Rufus Andrews stood leaning over the headboard, watching every motion of the beating heart of the dying President. Robert Lincoln was resting on the arm of Senator Sumner. New York Herald, April 16. At the moment of death Sumner was at the head of the bed, by the side of Robert Lincoln. Nicolay and Hay's Life of Lincoln, vol. x. p. 300. As soon as Mr. Lincoln breathed his last, Sumner drove with General Halleck to Mr. Seward's, whose murder had been attempted by another assassin, an accomplic