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Indo-American Chamber of Commerce in association with Indo-American Society organized Program on “Civil War: The
Assassination of Abraham Lincoln” With Mr. Richard Zielinski, Vice Consul for Economic Affairs, U.S. Consulate -
Mumbai, India on April 15, 2014 at Lincoln Auditorium, IAS
April 15, 1865 was a night that changed the trajectory of a nation forever. Considered by many to be the greatest of U.S.
Presidents, Abraham Lincoln’s untimely death had profound consequences that impacted his family, his colleagues and his
country long after his death. Amateur historian Richard Zielinski guided the participants on an hour by hour account of the
three-pronged attack designed to decapitate the U.S. Government at the end of the Civil War. The assassin, John Wilkes
Booth, wasn’t acting alone and this talk introduced the cast of characters and the different motivations that brought them
all together on this dark mission. The lecture included period photographs that showed Washington, DC as it was and
offered insight into the conflict that pitted families against each other. Shrouded in mystery, intrigue and conspiracy, the
assassination of the 16th U.S. President has fascinated historians for generations.
The participants were amazed and captivated by the way Mr. Zielinski narrated the entire episode. The program was very
well attended and appreciated by all.
Richard Zielinski is currently serving as a diplomat at the U.S. Consulate in Mumbai. In 2006 he founded a tour company
that now operates in six East Coast U.S. cities. Richard is an enthusiast on the life and times of the 16
th
U.S. President,
Abraham Lincoln, and has given presentations on Lincoln’s death to academic and historical societies.
Mr. Richard Zielinski, Vice Consul for Economic Affairs U.S. Consulate – Mumbai during the lecture