On November 8, 1863 Alexander Gardner photographs President Lincoln’s private secretaries, John M. Hay and John G. Nicolay.
Mr. Hay, writing in his diary, noted the following: “Went with Mrs. Ames to Gardner’s Gallery and were soon joined by Nico [John G. Nicolay] and the Prest. We had a great many pictures taken…some of the Prest. the best I have seen…Nico and I immortalized ourselves by having ourselves done in a group with the Prest.”
The next evening, November 9, President Lincoln attended a performance at Ford’s Theatre of The Marble Heart, starring John Wilkes Booth. – Witness to an Era