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The Civil War: Death, Mourning & the Civil War White Houses

Willie Lincoln, who died in the White House in 1862

Willie Lincoln, who died in the White House in 1862

Washington, DC
Saturday, June 8, 2013

Author Catherine Clinton discusses how both President Abraham Lincoln and Confederate President Jefferson Davis suffered the loss of a child while in office and how it impacted their wives. In 1862, the Lincolns lost their 11-year old son, Willie, from what was believed to be typhoid fever. In1864, the Davises lost their four-year old son, Joseph, in a fatal fall at the Confederate White House in Richmond. Professor Clinton also explores mid-19th century mourning practices and etiquette. The National Archives in Washington, DC, hosted this event.
 

Updated: Monday, June 10, 2013 at 10:47am (ET)

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