President Abraham Lincoln was sitting in this chair at Ford’s Theater when he was shot by John Wilkes Booth.
Moments later, Dr. Charles Leale rushed into the private box to help treat the wounded President. He recorded the events of the evening in a 21-page report that was filed away and forgotten.
But Helena Iles Papaioannou, a researcher for the Papers of Abraham Lincoln Project, was going through a box of documents in the National Archives when she found the report written by Dr. Leale, which provides new eyewitness details to the events of Lincoln’s wounding, care, and death.
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[Image: Ford’s Theatre, chair in which President Lincoln was sitting when shot. ARC 526238]