Lincoln’s Personal Physician

By George Wellman

A medical probe which may have been used by Doctor Stone to examine the wound to President Lincoln’s head is on display in the Army Medical Museum, Walter Reed Army Medical Center. The bullet that killed Lincoln and other artifacts associated with the assassination of President Lincoln are also on display.

Doctor Stone testified at the military hearing that convened shortly after the assassination. He provided a graphic description of the head wound and described how President Lincoln struggled to breathe during his last hours before death. Doctor Stone’s medical diploma is included in a special Lincoln bicentennial exhibit “My Abraham Lincoln” in the Robert H. Smith Visitor Education Center at President Lincoln’s Cottage. The exhibit is open through December 31, 2009.

When you visit President Lincoln’s Cottage at the Soldiers’ Home, consider including  trip to the Rock Creek Church Cemetery and the U.S. Soldiers’ and Airmen’s National Cemetery.

Pictured: Stone family mausoleum; detail of Stone family grave.

Mr. Wellman is a Volunteer at President Lincoln’s Cottage.
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