On Monday, April 17, newspapers reported citizen reaction to President Lincoln’s death:
From Council Bluffs, Iowa: “Old men are weeping on the streets for the death of Abraham Lincoln.”
From Henry, Ill.: “The deepest feeling of indignation at the unprovoked and cowardly deed was everywhere manifested.”
From Des Moines, Iowa: “The Des Moines artillery continued the firing of minute guns throughout the day.”
From Indianapolis, Ind.: “The feelings of citizens were stirred to their innermost depths. Old men shed tears, and there was, among all, a deep-seated feeling of indignation, which boded no good to sympathizers with the rebellion.”
Source: Chicago Tribune.