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Just 10 years after President Lincoln's assassination, his widow, Mary Todd Lincoln, was charged with insanity and put on trial in Chicago. The accuser was her only surviving son, Robert Lincoln. The trial was held on May 19, 1875 and she had received no prior warning or chance to organise a defense. The jury deliberated for only 10 minutes and she was institutionalized at Bellevue Place Asylum. Mary was released after less than 4 months but mother and son were never truly reconciled.

from Telegraph.co.uk

Account of doctor who treated Abraham Lincoln after he was shot found

An account of the first doctor to reach Abraham Lincoln after he was shot in a Washington theatre, has been discovered in the US National Archives.

Sgt. Leigh Ann Hester: When her convoy was ambushed in Iraq she repelled at least 30 insurgents. She was honored for her exceptional tactics and actions and became the first woman to earn the Silver Medal for exceptional valor since World War II.

Mary Surratt was the first woman to be executed by the U.S. Federal Government.. for her participation in the Lincoln assassination plot. Her guilt is the subject of much controversy, even today. What's clear is that her slippery son, John, who was an actual conspirator; fled to Canada and evaded capture for two years and was not hanged. Mary's boarding house in D.C. is now a Chinese restaurant called Wok N Roll. There's a plaque in the doorway.

from Cherries - A Vietnam War Novel

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One of the few photographs of Lincoln inside the White House was taken in this room by Matthew Brady in 1864. It was not until after the renovation of the White House undertaken during the Truman administration that this room became so exclusively associated with Lincoln.