The Todd family of Lexington, Ky., is an example of the suffering of ordinary families during the Civil War. Mary Todd Lincoln’s parents lost three sons and two sons-in-law to the war.
Samuel Briggs Todd was killed fighting for the Confederacy at the Battle of Shiloh.
David Todd died of wounds suffered while fighting for the South at Vicksburg.
Alexander Humphreys Todd, a Confederate soldier, died in a friendly fire incident in Baton Rouge.
Their son-in-law Benjamin Hardin Helm, a West Point graduate who fought for the Confederacy, was mortally wounded at Chickamauga.
And, on this day 148 years ago, they lost another son-in-law nine hours after a fatal shooting at Ford’s Theatre.