At Genealogy Bank Blog, a great article on how our ancestors
would have learned the news about the assassination:
Lincoln’s Assassination Hits the Newspaper Headlines
Right away, I found this article from a New York newspaper with these shocking headlines. The article provides a series of dispatches that the newspaper received, from the assassination attempt up to President Lincoln’s death at 7:22 a.m. on 15 April 1865.
Can you imagine how this tragedy must have gripped every one of our American ancestors?
This Maine newspaper uses similar headlines and carries the latest dispatches from Washington regarding Lincoln’s last day alive, the assassination scene, and details of the assassination attempts on Secretary Seward and his son.