On this day in the Civil War, crowds of people, led by a brass band, come to the White House as the news of Lee’s surrender sweeps through Washington City. President Lincoln is called on to make a speech. Lincoln informs the crowd he will give a speech the next day, he then asks the band to play ‘Dixie’ remarking that it has always been a favorite song of his.

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President Lincoln

(Photo Credit: Library of Congress)

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