On this Day in 1865


A day after Union forces capture Richmond, President Abraham Lincoln visits Richmond with his son, Tad.

For days later, Lincoln was shot at Ford’s Theater in Washington, D.C.

On April 5, 2003, the National Park Service unveiled a statue at the Historic Tredegar Iron Works commemorating Lincoln’s 1865 visit to Richmond. The life-sized sculpture by Louis Frech features the President and his son Tad, resting on a bench in front of the words “To Bind up the Nation’s Wounds” – a phrase taken from Lincoln’s second inaugural address.

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