Physical Object from Apr. 15, 1865

Lincoln Shirt Fragment

  • Full Title

    Fragment of Abraham Lincoln's Shirt from the Night of His Assassination

  • Description

    On April 15, 1865, a detail of six Union soldiers transported the body of Abraham Lincoln from the Petersen House to the White House, where a Union surgeon performed an autopsy. In recognition of the extraordinary task performed by these soldiers, their commander, General Daniel Rucker, cut six pieces of President Lincoln’s undershirt and gave a piece to each soldier. One of these soldiers was John C. Weaver from Schuylkill County, Pennsylvania, who was assigned to the Quartermasters Corps at the time of President Lincoln's assassination. Weaver's piece of Lincoln's undershirt was given to his granddaughter, Ellen Millen, who complied a collage that incorporated the cloth fragment, printed documentation about Weaver, photographs and annotations.

  • Source

    The Abraham Lincoln Foundation of The Union League of Philadelphia (Object ID: 2007.1.1)

  • Rights

    Use of this item for research, teaching and private study is permitted with proper citation and attribution, as “Courtesy of The Abraham Lincoln Foundation of The Union League of Philadelphia.” Reproduction of this item for publication, broadcast or commercial use requires written permission. For permission, please contact The Abraham Lincoln Foundation.

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  • Cite this Item

    Unknown. "Fragment of Abraham Lincoln's Shirt from the Night of His Assassination". Remembering Lincoln. Web. Accessed August 23, 2019. https://rememberinglincoln.fords.org/node/1000