Physical Object from May. 5, 1865

Towel fragment with Lincoln's blood

  • Full Title

    Fragment of towel stained with blood of Abraham Lincoln

  • Description

    This piece of fabric is from a woven white linen towel and has a faded brown stain, the blood of Abraham Lincoln. This small artifact was sent as an enclosure in a letter dated 5 May 1865 from Augustus Clark, a War Department employee, to Massachusetts Governor John A. Andrew. Clark was one of the men who moved Lincoln, after he was shot, from Ford's Theatre to Petersen's boarding house.

  • Source

    Massachusetts Historical Society, Artifact #475

  • Rights

    Use of this item for research, teaching, and private study is permitted with proper citation and attribution, as: From the Collection of the Massachusetts Historical Society. Reproduction of this item for publication, broadcast, or commercial use requires written permission. For permission, please see this web page.

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  • Cite this Item

    Augustus Clark. "Fragment of towel stained with blood of Abraham Lincoln". Remembering Lincoln. Web. Accessed November 22, 2017. http://rememberinglincoln.fords.org/node/289