Abraham Lincoln in the 19th century

Before you mention it, let me tell you that I'm a little tired of hearing about the upcoming masquerade ball. 
I have a feeling it's going to be your to be your undoing.

It's in a week, right? Charlotte, the maid must be going crazy sewing three gowns by hand - especially when she's missing two fingers on her left one.

She's already finished two of the dresses? The one for the lady of the house and yours? 

Now she has to work secretly on hers, right? You're still going ahead with this ridiculous scheme of yours to sneak her into the ball, I assume.

So, you want me to give you some ideas about what you should talk about at the ball? What events were happening in the  mid 1800s?

How about Abraham Lincoln's assassination? I'm pretty sure it will be a topic of conversation. Okay, jot down some notes:

Abraham Lincoln was born in a cabin in Kentucky, USA, on February 12, 1809. When he was only 9 years old, his mother, Nancy, became ill with what was called "milk sickness" and passed away. Though Abraham lacked much formal education, when his father remarried a widow, Sarah Bush Johnston, she encouraged him to read as much as possible.

As a young man, Abraham moved to Illinois where he worked as a shopkeeper and eventually owned his own store. But in 1834, after getting to know the public and their thoughts through his many interactions, he decided to run for politics, and also to become a lawyer. 

Abraham became the President of the United Stated in 1861 at the age of 52 and is famous for being the leader of the country during the civil war that began on April 12th in South Carolina, just one month after he took office. As you probably already know, Abby, Abraham Lincoln's leadership was crucial in the freeing of slaves. On January 1st, 1863, Lincoln issued the Emancipation Proclamation, leading the way for the 13th Amendment that would soon free all slaves.

At 103 cm., or 6 feet, 4 inches, Lincoln was the tallest president, and the only one to brandish a full beard. 

On April 14th, 1865, (Good Friday) the morning newspaper publicized that Lincoln and his wife, Mary Todd Lincoln, were going to attend the comedy play, Our American Cousin, at Ford's Theatre In Washington, D.C. that evening. 


As the couple arrived shortly after the play started, the door behind their box seats was closed, but unlocked. Although there was a guard assigned just outside this door, he left his post. During the third act of the play, the door opened and John Wilkes Booth pulled the trigger of his gun at the head of Lincoln. President Abraham Lincoln died the next morning from this mortal wound.