One hundred and fifty years ago today, at Ford's Theatre in Washington, D.C., with the Civil War essentially over and with all the pressures associated with it waning, President Abraham Lincoln took a night off and attended one of his favorite past times, the theater.
Ahead, he had the equally daunting task of reuniting the country, something that was sure to be difficult what with the so-called Black Republicans calling for the South's blood, retribution and punishment. I am sure Lincoln would have found a way to keep them in line.
Sadly, John Wilkes Booth, strong in the belief that he was striking a blow for the South, saw otherwise and that never came to pass.
Reconstruction definitely would have been different had it not been for this night.
I'm sure the Abraham Lincoln Museum and Library in Springfield will be having some sort of commemoration.