Edmund Ruffin - Virginia planter and slaveholder who in the 1850s was a political activist known as one of the Fire-Eaters. He advocated states' rights and justified slavery, arguing for secession years before the Civil War. Ruffin was credited as "firing the first shot of the war" at the Battle of Fort Sumter; he served as a Confederate soldier despite his advanced age. When the war ended in Southern defeat in 1865, he committed suicide rather than submit to "Yankee rule."
Abraham Lincoln’s carriage ~ used on the night he went to Ford’s Theatre. Purchased by the Studebaker Brothers, and is now part of their museum along with the carriages of Grant, Harrison, and McKinley.
This flag was draped outside Lincoln's theater box the night he was shot by John Wilkes at Ford's Theatre. "Someone inside the box grabbed the flag from outside and used it to cradle Lincoln's head until they could carry him from Ford's Theatre to Peterson house." Jeannie Gourlay, actress in "Our American Cousin", which was playing that night, and daughter of Thomas Gourlay, kept the flag in her possession until she died in 1924.