Saturday, April 15, 2017

President Lincoln ~ 152 years later

President Abraham Lincoln was the 16th President of the United States.  He was one of the most influential presidents of all time.

On Saturday, April 15th, it will mark 152 years to the day President Lincoln passed away.

Friday, April 14th, 1865 (Good Friday) President Lincoln was assassinated by John Wilkes Booth.  He remained in a coma for nine hours before passing away on April 15th, 1865.

**This year April 14th falls on Good Friday and April 15th falls on Saturday.**

The National Museum of Health and Medicine, located in Silver Spring, Maryland, has a small exhibit displaying items from the autopsy of President Lincoln. 

The following photographs were taken during my visit to the museum a few weeks ago.  

The Nélaton's Probe used to locate the bullet in President Lincoln's wound
(This probe normally has a white porcelain tip.  This particular one is missing. It's said that the tip would show a black mark from where it met the soft lead bullet.)

Dr. Edward Curtis' sleeve cuffs.  They are stained with President Lincoln's blood.

A bone fragment from President Lincoln's skull.  This fragment was found in Dr. Edward Curtis' autopsy kit.

Bone fragments of President Lincoln's skull taken at the autopsy.

This is the bullet that killed President Lincoln.  Dr. Edward Curtis dislodged the bullet from the President's brain during the autopsy.

Locks of hair from President Lincoln's head wound.

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