While sifting through boxes of documents at the National Archives in Washington, D.C., researcher Helena Iles Papaioannou of The Papers of Abraham Lincoln project came across one report that was particularly interesting. The hand-written, first-person account came from a young doctor who happened to be in attendance at Ford's Theater on the evening of the assassination. The 23-year-old Army surgeon, Charles Leale, was the first to come to the president's aid, and stayed with him through the night until Lincoln passed away in the early hours of the morning. Robert Siegel speaks with Papaioannou about the finding and its significance.
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