Photographs and Artefacts From Lincoln’s Assassination

Photograph's From the Aftermath of Lincoln's Death

Caption from Lightbox (Time’s photo blog): “July 7, 1865. Washington, D.C. Hanging hooded bodies of the four conspirators; crowd departing. Lincoln assassination conspirators Mary Surratt, Lewis Payne, David Herold and George Atzerodt shortly after their execution at Fort McNair.”

Shot on Friday, April 14, 1865 in Ford’s Theatre in Washington, D.C., Lincoln died in a boarding house across the street the next morning. His assassin John Wilkes Booth was shot by a sergeant in the Union army on April 26th while hiding out in a farm.  Eight people were hung for their part in the assassination, including a female Mary Surratt.  Considering that the target of the assassination was the leader of the United States there is a lot of evidence saved from the event, despite the fact that it occurred almost 150 years ago.

I came across the above photo today on Time’s photo blog and it reminded me of a visit I made a few summers ago to the Ford’s Theatre National Historical Site Museum in Washington, D.C.  I thought it was amazing just how many artefacts related to that night are on display for Americans to see.

Here are a few photos and museum artefacts from Lincoln’s assassination and the aftermath.  Click on each photo to view its original source or holding museum.


A prison photo of one of the conspirators. Caption from Lightbox: Three views of Lewis Payne (a.k.a. Lewis Powell) in April 1865, three months before his execution by hanging, wearing the same sweater.
(Author’s note: The man in these prison photos is the second from the left in the execution photo above.)


From the Ford’s Theatre National Historical Site Museum’s Facebook page: The gun used by Wilkes Booth to assassinate Lincoln, a Philadelphia Derringer pistol.


From the Peterson House (the boarding house where Lincoln was brought after the assassination), now in conjunction with Ford’s Theatre National Historical Site Museum: The room across the street where Lincoln died the following morning.


From the National Museum of Health and Medicine: Bone fragments from Lincoln’s skull. The accompanying caption: “After the autopsy, as Dr. Curtis was cleaning his instruments, he found on one of them a tiny splinter of bone from Lincoln’s skull, which had been driven into the brain by the bullet and had adhered to the surgical instrument.”


From the National Museum of Health and Medicine: The bullet that killed Lincoln.
Original caption: “This hand-made ball of lead, fired from a Philadelphia Deringer pistol, was removed from Lincoln’s brain during autopsy.”

And lastly, from Flickr user ‘mikelynaugh’, a pillow stained with Lincoln’s blood.  From the Peterson boarding house that he was carried to, now in the Ford’s Theatre National Historical Site Museum: photo here.

[Thanks for the idea, Sandra]

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