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Grant's Sash Grant's Sash

"It would be impossible for me to describe the feeling that overcame me at the news … of the assassination of the President." In 1885, Ulysses S. Grant penned these words and like many of that era, Grant felt the assassination of the President as a defining moment for the whole generation. At Lincoln's funeral, Grant wore this silk scarf while paying his last respects to the martyred President. The small painting of Lincoln was added to the scarf around the time of the Lincoln centennial in 1909. Do you think that the painting spoils the scarf, or enhances it?