Extremely Rare 1865 Photo of Lincoln’s Second Inauguration

This photo was taken on March 4th, 1865 on the day Abraham Lincoln was inaugurated for a second time. A little over a month later, President Lincoln would be assassinated in Ford’s Theatre by John Wilkes Booth and Andrew Johnson would take over.

This is such an amazing old photo with terrific details. Click on it for a larger version. The caption places this on A St. NE between Delaware and 1st St, a block that no longer exists. In the background are Congressional boarding houses. If you have better information on the location of this photo, please share it below. The captions for these photos we dig up aren’t always accurate.

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Lincoln's second inauguration
Lincoln’s second inauguration

Source: Library of Congress

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Tom founded Ghosts of DC on January 4th, 2012 as a blog to uncover the lost and untold history of Washington, D.C. He has lived in the city for over a decade and loves exploring every corner of the District.

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