Thursday, June 7, 2012

Lincoln Document: Doctor's Report

I love it when historians or individuals discover lost documents that reveal information about a person or event. Recently the National Archives discovered a list medical report of Dr Charles Leale who was sitting only a few feet away from Lincoln when he was shot. At first Leale believed Lincoln was stabbed because Booth jumped on stage revealing a knife. Within moments Leale demanded brandy and water and did his best to care for Lincoln at the theatre. It's worth reading the rest of the article to learn what they discovered and did not discover in the medical report from April 1865.

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