Presidential Brass Knuckles: Lincoln Sneaks into Washington

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The fact that the Ford’s Theatre Museum has several weapons on display should not be surprising. After all, it’s a site where a presidential assassination took place. What is perhaps surprising is that some of the weapons aren’t associated with the “main event” for which Ford’s Theatre is famous: John Wilkes Booth’s successful plot …

Ford’s 2014-2015 Season Announced

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Spring 2015 will mark 150 years since Lincoln’s assassination at Ford’s Theatre and the end of the Civil War. Our programming team has tailored the upcoming Ford’s Theatre season’s spring stage productions and special exhibition to focus on the Ford’s 150: Remembering the Lincoln Assassination.

Civil War 150: Desertion in the Union Army

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Desertion was a problem for both the Confederate and the Union armies, even though it was a serious offense punishable by death. Politicians and generals complained that soldiers were being granted leave on the eve of major battles in which their presence was necessary to the cause. After the Battle of Fredericksburg, when morale was…

Civil War 150: The Gettysburg Address

On November 19, 1863, 15,000 people stood in the brisk autumn air in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, to partake in the dedication of the Soldiers’ National Cemetery. Four months earlier, the ground had been littered with bodies and remnants of the bloodiest battle of the Civil War.