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Lincoln in Richmond

Title
Abraham Lincoln
Artist
J. C. Buttre Engraving Company, active 1850 - 1893?
Copy after
Lambert Hollis, 1837 - 11 Feb 1923
Sitter
Abraham Lincoln, 12 Feb 1809 - 15 Apr 1865
David Dixon Porter, 8 Jun 1813 - 13 Feb 1891
William Henry Crook, 1839 - 13 Mar 1915
Thomas Lincoln, 4 Apr 1853 - 15 Jul 1871
Charles Carleton Coffin, 26 Jul 1823 - 2 Mar 1896
Date
1866
Type
Print
Medium
Engraving on paper
Dimensions
Image: 12 x 16.9cm (4 3/4 x 6 5/8")
Sheet: 15.1 × 22.9cm (5 15/16 × 9")
Credit Line
National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution; gift of John O'Brien
Object number
NPG.2008.34
Exhibition Label
With victory for the Union all but certain after the fall of Richmond on April 3, 1865, the following day Abraham Lincoln traveled by boat to the Confederate capital, accompanied by a party that included his young son Tad, Admiral David Dixon Porter, and a small contingent of marines. Within moments of disembarking, Lincoln was recognized by a liberated bondsman who shouted, “Bless the Lord, there is the great Messiah! Glory, Hallelujah!” As the president walked from the waterfront to the Virginia statehouse, thousands of the city’s newly freed men, women, and children rushed to see the man they greeted as their liberator. As one contemporary observed, “Probably no mortal ever received such a greeting of prayers and tears and blessing as that which was conferred upon Abraham Lincoln by [those] whom the war had emancipated.” This print was copied after an eyewitness drawing of the jubilation for Lincoln.
Con la victoria de la Unión prácticamente asegurada luego de la caída de Richmond el 3 de abril de 1865, Abraham Lincoln viajó al día siguiente por barco a la capital confederada, acompañado de un grupo que incluía a su hijo Tad, el almirante David Dixon Porter y un pequeño contingente de la marina. Al desembarcar, un esclavo liberto reconoció a Lincoln y gritó: “¡Bendito sea el Señor, ahí está el gran Mesías! ¡Gloria, aleluya!”. Mientras el presidente caminaba desde el embarcadero hasta la sede del gobierno de Virginia, miles de esclavos recién liberados, hombres, mujeres y niños, corrieron a ver al hombre y a vitorearlo como su libertador. Según observó un contemporáneo: “Quizás ningún otro mortal haya recibido una bienvenida de oraciones y lágrimas como la que Abraham Lincoln recibió de aquellos a quienes la guerra había emancipado”. Este grabado es copia de un dibujo que realizó un testigo de aquel gran júbilo por la presencia de Lincoln.
Data Source
National Portrait Gallery
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Place
United States\Virginia\Richmond