The Barque “Wallaroo” Arriving at Madras 6th June, 1865. The painting is by British artist Frederick Tudgay.
Madras, in India, is now known as Chennai.
This photograph is from Easter in 1865, which fell on the 16th of April. Pope Pius IX conducts Easter Mass in St Peter’s Square in Rome.
US President Abraham Lincoln was assassinated on the 15th of April, 1865, at Ford’s Theatre in Washington D.C.
This image depicting the moment of the assassination is from circa 1900.
Henry Wirz, a Swiss-born Confederate commandant of Andersonville Prison (Camp Sumter), was executed in the shadow of the US Capitol on the 10th of November, 1865.
He was only one of two men executed for war crimes in the American Civil War.
Today the US Supreme Court sits on the site of the execution.
In the nineteenth century, in the colony of Victoria in Australia, the Electoral Act 1863 was passed. According to the act, “all persons” who owned property were entitled to vote. Though it was not intended to include women in this, there were plenty in the state who did, indeed own property.
In the 1864 elections, some women took advantage of this error and went to the polling stations, where their votes were recorded:
“At one of the polling booths in the Castlemaine district a novel sight was witnessed. A coach filled with ladies drove up, and the fair occupants alighted and recorded their votes.”
The Argus , 5 November 1864, p 4.
The oversight was quickly fixed, and a new law in 1865 once again took voting rights away from women. However, Australia was very early in granting women full voting rights, in 1902.
America’s Civil War ended on the 9th of May, 1865. However, the final shot fired was on the 22nd of June that year.
The shot was fired from the Confederate-operated CSS Shenandoah. The event took place near the Aleutian Islands in the Northern Pacific Ocean.
The Shenandoah was photographed here in Williamstown in Melbourne, Australia in 1865.
Abraham Lincoln’s funeral procession makes its way down Pennsylvania Avenue in Washington D.C. on the 19th of April, 1865.