Treasure #15 Lincoln saddle

15 Lincoln Saddle

15 Lincoln Saddle

On March 26, 1865, President Abraham Lincoln reviewed the Union troops known as the Army of the James (River) at Aiken’s Landing, Virginia. The president rode atop this saddle, his last formal military review because he was to be assassinated by John Wilkes Booth just 20 days later, on April 15, 1865. Colonel Daniel Hall of Dover was one of Lincoln’s aides-de-camp at the time and acquired the saddle. Hall had served in battles at Antietam, Fredericksburg, Chancellorsville, and Gettysburg and was one of the Museum’s original trustees. After his death at age 88 in 1920, Lincoln’s saddle was moved to the Woodman.

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