The most famous Mathew Brady picture ever taken was of Abraham Lincoln on February 25, 1861. This portrait appears on the front of the five-dollar bill and may also have been used as an example for the Lincoln Memorial. The chair that Lincoln is sitting in was given to Brady by Lincoln as a gesture of friendship and became a signature of all Brady studio photographs. When this photo was taken Lincoln's right hand was
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all slaves in territories held by Confederates. Though he said "My paramount object in this struggle is to save the Union, and is not either to save or destroy slavery." On April 14, 1865 John Wilkes Booth shot the president in the head and he died on April 15.
Mathew Brady Civil War Photographer. Elizabeth Van Steenwyk. Pg 24-25