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Had Gen. Ulysses S. Grant & his wife not left Washington to see their children in New Jersey, the events of that evening may have been drastically different. They had received an invitation to join Pres. & Mrs. Lincoln at the theater & had declined.
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Lincoln Assassination Papers
›Proceedings of the Court Martial, May 9-15, 1865
Source: The National Archives
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Traditionally, the third fold in a flag-folding ceremony honors and remembers veterans for their sacrifice in defending their country and promoting peace in the world.