On April 9, 1865, General Robert E. Lee surrendered his army at Appomattox, Virginia. and A.P. wrote to Emma two weeks later, elated with the Union's victory and his own plans to return home and begin teaching. But his letter was also filled with sadness over the assassination of President Lincoln .

Sherburne Barracks
Washington D.C.
April 21st 1865

Dear Sister

. . . The City is draped in the sable habiliments of mourning. The death of the president has cast a gloom over the whole nation. I believe the assassin is still at large. . . The President's death will be of no advantage to the Confederacy . . . No power on earth can save it . . . The [War] is fast approaching an end. Who dares to say now that the South can never be whipped . . . ?

This morning they started with [the President's] remains for Springfield Ill. I saw him yesterday. I have a piece of cloth which I will send in this. It is a piece of the covering of the Bier of President Lincoln. I wish you to take good care of it . . . for I prize it very highly . . .

From your brother
A.P. Hoadley

Dear Sister Emma | A Principle of Duty | Sickness and Suffering | Please Write Soon
I hope some day to return | Take good care of it...

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