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Henry W. Halleck to William T. Sherman, April 15, 1865

Henry Wager Halleck, detail
The Army chief of staff at the War Department, General Henry Halleck follows up on the news of President Lincoln's assassination with details of a suspected plot against the life of Union army commander William T. Sherman. Halleck gives Sherman as much detail as he has and describes his would-be assassin. Fears of a widespread geographical conspiracy against Union leaders were understandable but largely unfounded, beyond those John Wilkes Booth and his group attempted in Washington. (By John Osborne)


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