|An image that never gets old: Lincoln Memorial in Washington.|
|Dr. Charles Leale (Library of Congress)|
Leale wrote that after Lincoln was wounded, he "heard cries that the ‘President had been murdered,’ which were followed by those of ‘Kill the murderer’ ‘Shoot him’ etc. which came from different parts of the audience."
"I immediately ran to the Presidents box," wrote the young doctor, who also was in the theater, "and as soon as the door was opened was admitted and introduced to Mrs. Lincoln when she exclaimed several times, ‘O Doctor, do what you can for him, do what you can!’”
Leale examined the bullet wound in the back of the president's head and noted a "perfectly smooth opening made by the ball" from Booth's pistol. Although Lincoln died early the next morning, Beale is credited with resuscitating the president shortly after he was shot.
The complete original documents are here. Great stuff.
|In this newly discovered report, Dr. Charles Leale described his treatment of President Lincoln|
after he was shot in Ford's Theatre. (Read the complete original documents here.)