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150th Commemoration of Lincoln's Assassination

Today marks the 150th anniversary of President Lincoln's assassination. In the years that followed what became the crime of the 19th century in America, there have been former generals and officers—both Union and Confederate—who spoke on the stage of Carnegie Hall. These historical figures are listed below with a link to their associated program found on our Performance History Search.

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General Daniel Adams Butterfield

  • Union General and composer of the famous bugle call “Taps,” which has been performed at Carnegie Hall a few times between 1910–1927. See more›
  • He also gave opening remarks at the Rutgers Female College of the City of New York. See more›

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President William McKinley

  • William McKinley was the 25th President of the United States and was also assassinated only six months into his second term in 1901. He was the last president to serve in the Civil War.
  • A memorial for President McKinley was held at Carnegie Hall on September 19, 1901. See more›
  • McKinley also spoke at Carnegie Hall 10 times—nine of those while he was President. See more›

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General John. B. Gordon

  • General Gordon was one of Robert E. Lee’s trusted generals and was present at the surrender at Appomattox Court House.
  • John B. Gorden was in the Main Hall on November 25, 1893 as a lecturer on The Last Days of the Confederacy. Present with him on the platform was Joshua Chamberlain, the Union general to whom he had surrendered on April 12, 1865. See more›

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Lewis “Lew” Wallace

  • Served as a Union general in the Civil War and is best known for his historical adventure story Ben-Hur: A Tale of the Christ (1880).
  • Lew Wallace was present at a benefit for booksellers and stationers in 1894 as a “reader” on stage in the Main Hall. See more›
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