Lincoln's Assassination

April 2015 Presentation

Historian Christopher Daley takes a fresh look at this tragic event in our history including details of the plot and the trial of those accused. Details

Lincoln's Funeral Train

At every cross road there were crowds of people..

Reminisences by Wm. H. H. Gould

Mr. Gould, a Topsfield resident, was a conductor on Lincoln's Funeral Train. His essay was published in the Topsfield Historical Collections, Vol. 22, 1917

Watch a short movie produced by the B&O Railroad Museum on Lincoln's Funeral Train journey

From the Topsfield Town Library Staff

Reading Recommendations

  • Lincoln : an intimate portrait
  • Published by Life Books in 2014.
  • Look it up online or at the library in [921 Lincoln]
  • A commemoration of the 150th anniversary of Lincoln's death offers a timeline, a biographical essay based on the artifacts left behind, an examination of his photographs, an account of his assassination, and brief evaluations by various people.
  • Team of rivals : the political genius of Abraham Lincoln
  • Doris Kearns Goodwin, 2005
  • Look it up online or at the library in [973.7 Goodwin]
  • This book puts Lincoln's life in the context of his time. An analysis of Abraham Lincoln's political talents identifies the character strengths and abilities that enabled his successful election above three accomplished candidates, in an account that also describes how he used the same abilities to rally former opponents in forming his cabinet and winning the Civil War.
  • The Day Lincoln was Shot
  • Jim Bishop, 1955
  • Look it up online or at the library in [921 Lincoln]
  • The Civil War, A Film by Ken Burns
  • PBS Home Video, 1990
  • Look it up online or at the library in [973.7 Civil (DVD]
  • Comprehensive documentary on the causes, battles, and consequences of the Civil War, from Fort Sumter to Appomattox, using archival photos, and on-site film from battlefield parks.

These and many, many wonderful and interesting books about Lincoln are available at the Topsfield Town Library. They are found in the biography section (call number 921 Lincoln) and the section on the Civil War (call number 973.7).