One of the most tragic stories connected to the assassination of Abraham Lincoln is that of the Rathbones. As guests of the Lincoln’s that fateful night, Major Henry Rathbone and his fiancée, Clara Harris, had front row seats to the crime of the century. The aftermath of that encounter shaped the pair and ultimately culminated in Henry Rathbone’s mental break and subsequent murder of Clara while living abroad in Germany.
After Clara was buried, Henry lived out the rest of his days in a German insane asylum before he, too, joined her in the ground. The story held that, after a lack of attention and payment to the cemetery for upkeep, the graves of Henry and Clara Rathbone were dug up and the bodies were disposed of to free the plot up for new burials. However, recent work by researcher Eva Elisabeth Lennartz of Germany has found some exciting new information about the fate of the Rathbones’ remains.
The information was first shared on Roger Norton’s impeccable Lincoln Discussion Symposium. Please visit both of the following links below to learn more about the Rathbones in Germany: