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Lincoln Assassination) Todd, George B., M.D.
Autograph Letter, Signed ("George"), to his brother, giving his eye-witness account of the assassination of Abraham Lincoln on the night of April 14th, 1865
Montauk, Montauk Navy Yard, Wash D.C. 34, 1865. 4 pp. 8vo. The Surgeon of the 'Montauk' Gives an Eye-Witnesses Account. .About 10:25 P.M. a man came in and walked slowly along the side . A remarkably clear and dramatic eyewitness account of the assassination of Abraham Lincoln from a naval surgeon who was close to the President's box at Ford's theater on that fateful night of April 14, 1865. In this letter to his brother written the night after the assassination, while the details were still fresh in his memory, Dr. George B. Todd, surgeon aboard the U.S. "Montauk" at anchor in the Navy Yard that day, recounts the terrible event with a clarity of observation one might expect of his profession - a rarity among confused eyewitness accounts. The text of Todd's letter - one of only 7 eyewitness accounts written within 24 hours of the assassination - reads: "The few hours that have intervened since that most terrible tragedy of last night have served to give me a little clearer brain, and I believe I am now able to give you a clear account up to this hour. Yesterday about 3 P.M. the President and wife drove down to the navy yard and paid our ship a visit, going all over her, accompanied by us all. Both seemed very happy, and so expressed themselves, - glad that this war was over, or so near its end, and then drove back to the White House. In the evening nearly all of us went to the Ford's Theatre. I was very early and got a seat near the President's private box, as we heard he was to be there. About half past nine he came in with his wife, a Miss Harris and Major Rathburn and wa … [Click Below for Full Description]
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