Lincoln's Last Hours (Classic Reprint)

Lincoln's Last Hours (Classic Reprint)

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by Charles Augustus Leale
     
 

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One of the most cruel wars in the history of the world had nearly closed.

The people of the United States were rejoicing at the prospect of peace and returning happiness. President Lincoln, after the surrender of General Robert E. Lee, visited Richmond, Virginia, exposing himself to great danger, and on his return delivered an

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Excerpt from Lincoln's Last Hours

One of the most cruel wars in the history of the world had nearly closed.

The people of the United States were rejoicing at the prospect of peace and returning happiness. President Lincoln, after the surrender of General Robert E. Lee, visited Richmond, Virginia, exposing himself to great danger, and on his return delivered an address from the balcony of the White House.

I was then a Commissioned Officer in the Medical Department of the United States Army, having been appointed from my native State, New York, and was on duty as Surgeon in charge of the Wounded Commissioned Officers' Ward at the United States Army General Hospital, Armory Square, Washington, District of Columbia, where my professional duties were of the greatest importance and required constant and arduous attention. For a brief relief and a few moments in the fresh air I started one evening for a short walk on Pennsylvania Avenue. There were crowds walking toward the President's residence. These I followed and arrived just at the commencement of President Lincoln's last public address to his people. From where I stood I could distinctly hear every word he uttered and I was profoundly impressed with his divine appearance as he stood in the rays of light, which penetrated the windows of the White House.

The influence thus produced gave me an intense desire again to behold his face and study the characteristics of the "Savior of his Country." Therefore on the evening of April 14, 1865, after the completion of my daily hospital duties, I told my Ward Master that I would be absent for a short time. As a very large number from the Army stationed near Washington frequently visited the city, a general order was in force that none should be there without a special pass and all wearing uniform and out at night were subject to frequent challenge. To avoid this inconvenience officers stationed in Washington generally removed all signs of their calling when off duty. I changed to civilian's dress and hurried to Ford's Theatre, where I had been told President Lincoln, General Grant, and Members of the Cabinet were to be present to see the play, "Our American Cousin."

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ISBN-13:
9781331582588
Publisher:
FB &c Ltd
Publication date:
07/17/2015
Pages:
26
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.05(d)

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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A first hand account on what happened that terrible evening as recalled by the attending physician, an Army officer and surgeon, who just happened to be in attendance on that same night at the Ford Theater. Ensuring a record of that fateful night, the facts are painfully recalled and delivered in a talk, given by the then elderly doctor, in the early 1900's.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
If you have any interest in President Lincoln or this time in American History purchase this short and first hand acount from the primary army doctor that treated Lincoln immediantly after he had been shot
DMomBomb More than 1 year ago
I found it to be a very personal account. I felt like I was there.
MerlinDB More than 1 year ago
A brief but minutely detailed account of the hours between the moment the fatal bullet struck Lincoln at Ford's Theatre until his death the next morning by an attending physician. Even for a Lincoln buff, there are details of which you were probably not aware. Factual and objective.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Written by the army surgeon who first attended to Lincoln after he was shot, this provides an interesting historical perspective. It also provides an interesting first hand account of the efforts and emotions that followed the shooting and bedside vigil. Dr. Leale was sympathetic to Mary Lincoln as well as her reactions and efforts that night which seems to be rare in other authors. The account is a short but worthwhile read.
Blonde70 More than 1 year ago
I found this short book very intersting. It took me back in time. Alot of small details that you don't hear about.
Jahtin More than 1 year ago
If you are a history buff this is a must own, and it is free!
Zuni More than 1 year ago
I am just curious why this hasn't been included in educational texts. It is an amazing first hand account of the final hours of a great President. The doctor who was the primary responder to President Lincoln, providing care for him from the floor of the Ford Theater until his death across the street. The primative methods of medicine ( attempting to give the unconscious President a sip of whiskey) to elements of modern medicine ( attempting an early version of CPR) The practice of keeping an accurate account of every action and intervention including the names and actions of all of individuals involved. Would President Lincoln have survived with today's technology?? Curious.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Really very interesting. Presented very directly, but accurately. I had never read an account by the physcian that was "first on scene" at Lincoln's assassination. Truly unique.
CapeConservative More than 1 year ago
"Linclon's Last Hours" was written by the physician who attended the President at Ford's Theatre immediately following the assassination through until Lincoln passed the next morning. Good primary source material.
historybuffusa More than 1 year ago
A unique opportunity to read the words of the attending physician at the Lincoln assassination.
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MisterhistoryAS More than 1 year ago
A touching account from President Lincoln's attending physician. A true Lincoln buff HAS to have this in their library.
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Highly recommended! History of the assassination told by the doctor who first responded to the scene in the theater and treated him until the time of his death.
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I have been fascinated by President Lincoln for many years and have read several books and articles about him both as a President and a man. LINCOLN'S LAST HOURS provided a clear and moving picture of the events and people around him, explaining what was done during his last few hours and why. Fascinating reading for the reader, no matter how many books he/she read previously on our 16th President.
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Bookworm1951 More than 1 year ago
A must read for the history buff. Written by the physician who cared for Lincoln immediately after the shooting until his death. Although not a long book (only 60 pages), it provides new insight into this historical event.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love first person accounts of history. I felt as though I was there. The facts and details are there. This book is just apart of history and really can't be reviewed. It is a dictation from the attending doctor of what happened the night president Lincoln was shot.