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By George Wellman George Washington Riggs (1813-1881) was the original owner of this 34 room cottage on a hilltop overlooking downtown Washington, DC. This Gothic-Revival style cottage was built for Mr. Riggs in 1842 on a large estate that served as his “country seat.” In 1851, the U.S. government purchased the property to establish quarters for disabled war veterans (a …
By George Wellman Just when we think we have seen or read everything about President Lincoln during his bicentennial birth year, another discovery is made. This time it’s President Lincoln’s likeness on a tree trunk near President Lincoln’s Cottage at the Soldiers’ Home. The tree is located south of the Cottage in an area of the Armed Forces Retirement Home-Washington (AFRH-W, …
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.