Tweeting Lincoln’s Assassination
The nation went into mourning when, just after the Civil War had finally ended, Abraham Lincoln was assassinated.
No one alive today can remember, but a class project may make you get a sense of what it was like, or at least what went on.
Students at the University of Illinois Springfield began "live-tweeting" on April 14 - the date that that Lincoln was shot at Ford's Theater back in 1865. They've continued, tweeting in real time -- 150 years after the fact -- about the pursuit of John Wilkes Booth, and the funeral cortege from Washington, D.C. to Springfield.
UIS history professor Ken Owens's class is "live-tweeting" President Lincoln's assassination and funeral procession.
If you want to read the "live tweets" follow @AbesLastRide.
A couple of other twitter handles to follow if you're interested in this: the Looking for Lincoln project is doing something similar using the twitter handle @ElizaStavely (a journalist in 1865). There's also @Mr_Lincoln, the Presidential Library and Museum is @ALPLM, and many twitterers are using the hashtag #Lincoln150.