In March 1865, family patriarch Seabury Tredwell died in his upstairs bedroom; his wake and funeral were held in the double parlor, shrouded in black crepe. Grief was not unique to the Tredwell family that year.
More than 600,000 Americans had died by the end of the Civil War, and with the assassination of President Abraham Lincoln, the nation plunged into a period of unprecedented public mourning.
The overwhelming sense of grief and loss led to heightened interest in Spiritualism, as survivors attempted to contact their dearly departed through séances and mediums. [Read more…] about Death and Mourning in 19th Century New York