A ticket for reserved seating in the Dress Circle
for the April 14, 1865 performance at Ford’s Theatre (LOC).
The Dress Circle, or first balcony, seated 420 audience members in wooden chairs. Abraham and Mary Lincoln, being presidential, would be seated in their own private balcony. They invited several people to attend the performance with them. They invited general Ulysses Grant and his wife Julia. He had just arrived in Washington earlier in the week after general Lee's surrender at Appomattox. But he declined the invitation as Mrs. Lincoln and Mrs. Grant were not on good terms. Several other people were invited to join them, until finally Major Henry Rathbone and his fiancée Clara Harris accepted.
Abraham Lincoln looking forward to an evening at the theater.
Plays relaxed him, expecially comedy (photo by Alexander Gardner, 1863) (LOC)
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