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Follow the Evidence: The Trial of the Lincoln Conspirators

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Petersen House

Ford's Theatre to Petersen House | Lincoln's Family Physician Arrives | Rewards  
Capturing John Wilkes Booth | April 14, 1865    

The Petersen House Lincoln CSI

President Lincoln was moved to a small room inside the Petersen house across the street from Ford's Theatre. Because the president was so tall he had to be placed diagonal on a bed. This would be where President Lincoln would die, a little over nine hours after he had been shot.

Lincoln's clothes he
wore to Ford's Theatre
National Parks Service

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President's Death Bed,
photograph by Julius Ulke
April 15, 1865
National Archives



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William A. Petersen House
Tenth Street Northwest
Washington, District of
Columbia D.C.
Library of Congress
American Memory


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