11:00 AM, April 14, Ford’s Theater, Washington DC: Just five days has passed since the gallant rebel general Robert E. Lee bent the knee and handed over his saber in surrender to General Ulysses S. Grant at the courthouse of Appomattox, and President Abraham Lincoln is taking a well-earned pause before beginning the arduous endeavor of healing this great, if wounded, nation. Though the formidable Army of Northern Virginia has left the field, the task of turning a nation’s swords to plowshares shan’t be an easy one. However, President Lincoln, our Great Emancipator, is a man dedicated to rejoining this deeply divided American house.
But tonight, Mr. Lincoln will engage in a more light hearted pursuit, the President and First Lady, Mary Todd Lincoln, will be taking in a production of “Our American Cousin” at the beautiful Ford’s Theatre. The production features the great Laura Keene, who so recently delighted theater goers with her turn in the same production at New York’s Winter Gardens. “Our American Cousin,” a delightful farce, focuses on an awkward if honest to a fault American hero, perhaps the President might see a bit of himself.
Between the highly anticipated performance of Miss Keene and the likely attendance of Mr. Lincoln, the theater is buzzing. Even this morning, the great John Wilkes Booth, scion of the legendary first-family of American theater was on hand, seemingly eager to catch a glimpse of the president. Though one night’s performance certainly does mean a return to normalcy, perhaps it is a sign that the sweet return of spring signals that our hard earned peace is ready to take full blossom.