What is the Abraham Lincoln deathbed photo?

What is the Abraham Lincoln deathbed photo?

October 5, 2020

ABRAHAM Lincoln, the 16th president of the United States, wasassassinated in 1865 by a gunshot to the head.

The event turned him into one of the US' most famous leaders – and an early photo said to show the president on his deathbed has become the subject of widespread debate.


What is the Abraham Lincolm deathbed photo?

The deathbed photo is said to show Abraham Lincoln after he was assassinated in 1865.

Many people have argued over the authenticity of the image, with some saying it does not show the 16th US president as he lay suffering from his injuries.

Is it real?

The photo is 99 per cent likely to be real, an investigator claims after two years studying forensic evidence.

The claim is made in a new Discovery Channel documentary, The Lost Lincoln, which sees specialists aiming to establish the authenticity of the photograph. 

People who believe in the validity of the picture say it was taken by professional photographer, Henry Ulke who lived in the boardinghouse where the president was taken after he was shot.  

It is believed Ulke secretly took the picture before the president’s body was transferred to the White House. 

Doubters believe the ambrotype, the process by which the photo was taken had been out of style by the mid-1860s. 

Who was at Lincoln's deathbed?

A widely-known early engraving shows Lincoln surrounded by 16 other people.

They include:

  • William Dennison Jr., U.S. Postmaster General, 1864-66 (standing)
  • John Palmer Usher, U.S. Secretary of the Interior, 1863-65 (standing next to Dennison)
  • Gideon Welles, U.S. Secretary of the Navy, 1861-69 (siting in front of Dennison)
  • Hugh McCulloch, U.S. Secretary of the Treasury, 1865-69 (sitting)
  • Montgomery C. Meigs, Quartermaster General of the Army, 1861-82
  • Christopher C. Augur, Commander of Department of Washington, 1863-66
  • General Henry Halleck, Chief of Staff of U.S. Army, 1864-65
  • Salmon P. Chase, U.S. Chief Justice, 1864-73
  • Joseph K. Barnes, Surgeon General of U.S. Army, 1864-82 (sitting)
  • Mary Todd Lincoln, First Lady, President Lincoln’s wife (weeping with her face turned away from us)
  • John Hay, Secretary to President Lincoln, 1860-65
  • Robert Todd Lincoln, President Lincoln’s son (weeping into a handkerchief)
  • The engraving labels this man as 'Surgeon.’ Several doctors examined the president, including Dr. Charles Leale, Dr. Charles Taft and Dr. Albert Freeman Africanus King. (sitting with his back to us)
  • Charles Sumner, Massachusetts Senator, 1851-74
  • Edwin Stanton, U.S. Secretary of War, 1862-68 (standing in the foreground)
  • James Speed, U.S. Attorney General, 1864-66

Who killed Abraham Lincoln?

Abraham Lincoln was killed on April 14 1865 by John Wilkes Booth, an actor and spy of the Confederate States.

The president had been watching the stage play, Our American Cousin with his wife, Mary Todd at Ford’s Theatre in Washington DC, before he was fatally shot in the head.

He was taken to a boardinghouse across the street where doctors battled to save his life after he slipped into a coma for eight hours.

Lincoln died early the next morning.

The assassination transformed Lincoln, who had not been universally beloved, into a martyr.

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