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I think all historians agree that a gambit of emotions were experienced that evening. Some of anger, some of distress,...
I think all historians agree that a gambit of emotions were experienced that evening. Some of anger, some of distress, some of sorrow like never experienced before. Several accounts have been written about that night and the events that unfolded but out of this chaos and panic there would be several fateful, far reaching consequences.
My name is Robert T. Bain and this is the story of my ancestors, William and Anna Petersen. They owned the house where President Lincoln died. It has been known for over a hundred years as the Petersen Boarding House.
William Petersen was born in Hanover, Germany in 1816. Anna was born in Hesse Cassel, Germany. They both arrived on the ship "Europa"at the port of Baltimore on June 23rd ,1841. William was listed on the passenger list as being 25 years of age and a tailor by profession. Anna was listed as age 23. They applied for naturalization papers in Washington, D.C. and in 1846 became citizens of the United States.
As it was with most immigrants, I'm sure, all they wanted from life was to raise a family where they would feel safe and know that their children, with hard work, could carve out a life for themselves that would continue for generations to come. However, a terrible war and an infamous assassin would turn that dream into a nightmare . . . . . .
Posted January 23, 2010
This little book really struck a chord with me. Having visited the Petersen House in Washington D.C. this book brought alive that fateful night in 1865. There has been much written about what went on in that back bedroom where Lincoln lay dying but this book gives us an idea of what it was really like.... a "fly on the wall" perspective. The perspective from the point of view of the family in whose house history was made and how the experience profoundly affected them makes this book a very worthy addition to any Lincoln library.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted October 25, 2006
The book seems to tackle the question of what happened inside the Petersen House where Lincoln spent his last hours. Until now, it was always an unknown. It was nice to read it from a direct family member of the Petersens.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.