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on March 11, 2016
Pieces of this have been quoted so many times in different books and magazine accounts I've read that it was difficult to believe I was reading the original source. The fact that this was available for pennies from Amazon is really exciting and I thank them for that availability. Dr. Leale writes clearly and concisely with a doctor's and a soldier's eye, and what starts as a simple account of his worship for Lincoln and his desire to see him at Ford's Theater that fateful night becomes much more. In this day and age, with the president's staff of traveling medical care, it's also amazing to think that this became Leale's case because he was the first doctor on the scene of the tragedy and given Pres. Garfield's experience 15 years later, how fortunate Lincoln was that it was a man who early on recognized the finality of the president's injury and yet provided him the greatest care he could. What a way to become a footnote to history, and Leale leaves us with an account that's both modest and complete. This is well worth the time it takes to read it.
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on November 30, 2012
"Lincoln's Last Hours" by Charles A. Leale", M.D.who attended President Lincoln after he was shot by John Wilkes Booth at the Ford Theater on April 14th. 1865. Dr. Leale was at the theater on April 14th and watched President Lincoln, Mrs. Lincoln, Major Rathbone, and Miss. Harris enter the theater. He decribes President Lincoln as having sad expression on his face and this feature was expressed in his walk. The party continued to the President booth that was decorated with Americans flags. A moment of unrest occurred when a person tried to passed by an usher and was finally let into the President's booth. A few moments later a shot rung out and some disturbance in the President's booth with a person trying to escape the scene falling and fracturing a leg. Dr. Leale rushed to the booth and was the first person to enter after declaring himself as a physician. He announced that President Lincoln had a mortal wound through the head. The wounded President was taken to a home across the street where he was laid diagonally across the bed because of his height. The president lingered for 9 hours and expired on April 15th 1865. John Booth was captured on a farm in Virginia and shot by Sergent Boston Corbett. Four conspirators were hanged on July 7, 1865, with others given heavy prison terms but they were pardoned by President Andrew Johnson.

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on March 1, 2017
This short essay gives the account of the first physician to treat President Lincoln on the night of his assassination. It puts you in Lincoln 's box at the Ford Theater as Dr. Leale begins to treat the President, recognizing he can do no more than postpone the inevitable. Leale accompanies Lincoln to the Peterson house. As more senior military doctors arrive and take over treatment, Leale holds the President 's hand until the end. I consider this short,compelling work the best read I ever found for my Kindle.
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on October 3, 2013
I had known about Leale for awhile, but had never read his personal notes. He was in Ford's Theatre when the President arrived, and he described both Mr. and Mrs. Lincoln's countenance as they were received. For a moment, you begin to truly understand how Mr. Lincoln saw himself at the close of hostilities, having been worn thin by his service of the previous four years. Personally, I saw Lincoln as tired, drained, relieved, and hopeful. The man needed to rest before re-uniting the country "with malice toward none and charity for all". I also think this book accentuates the deep loss we endure to this day, by the actions of a single fanatic, armed with a pistol.
I recommend this to anyone studying Lincoln, reconstruction, or the Civil War in general. It's a quick, easy read, and certainly worthy of any high school history class or better.
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on December 15, 2011
Even though it was during the 1970's, I still remember my first visit to Ford's Theater in Washington, D.C. Sitting in the box where President Lincoln spent his last hours before being brutally murdered has been an enduring memory and treasure of my life experiences. Seeing this book on Amazon brought back all my memories of reading about that day.
The account was written by a surgeon who by happenstance was at the immediate vicinity of the President after the shooting. His recollections of the journey of Lincoln's fatally-wounded body to a house across the street from the theater and its unfolding drama is a gut-wrenching read for anyone. And, even though I felt I already knew much of Lincoln's last hours, this work illuminated that time in ways in which I was not aware.
For any history fan and particular those who like me hold President Lincoln in high regard - this book is a must.
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on June 5, 2013
It is very well written and is highly factual, it provides an insight and a different perspective of Lincoln's last hour just as the book title says. I would encourage you to download it for a easy and fast read, it will place you right there at the right moment.
Just wish it would have provided medical descriptions of the procedures that were completed on President Lincoln by the many different Physicians that attributed more to his death. Maybe drawings, or names of a few medical examining tools of the time that were used, but over all I give it a five star because of the perspective it does provide the reader. But do not pay high price for a download, or even a paperback, because its a fast read and is short in words. God Bless the Constitution.
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on April 6, 2016
This is a very short first hand account of the passing of President Lincoln. Sadly, had this surgeon not taken the actions he had, Abraham Lincoln would have died from his mortal wounds hours before he did, if not minutes after he was shot. Sensibly, his actions gave time to the living for all that was needed for his family, his Government, and his country. He didn't pass quickly, but peacefully with all respect and honor that was his due. While his body was brought back countless times from the moment of death, his soul was already heaven bound. One can only hope his suffering didn't last as long as it took to let him go.
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on August 27, 2017
Great historical read by the doctor that treated Lincoln. It must of been a tough go for him to recall the details for us curious folk. Something all Lincoln historical people should read.
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on July 14, 2014
Dr. Charles Leale's personal account of the last hours of Abraham Lincoln's life is moving, fascinating and quite thoughtfully written. It reads surprisingly well as a book, though it was originally written by the author as a speech in observance of the one hundredth anniversary of the birth of the slain president. Make no mistake, this is an intensely interesting and very personal piece of historical writing that is an invaluable first hand look at the night Lincoln was mortally wounded by John Wilkes Booth.
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on February 22, 2014
I read this accounting in about 20 minutes. It's a brief, concise accounting of the surgeon who attended President Lincoln during his final hours before succumbing to the mortal gunshot wound to the head. I enjoyed how the surgeon set the stage a few moments before President Lincoln was shot, the 9.5 hours that he lived after being shot, and the events that happened up to the point of the funeral. I felt the the surrealness, panic, excitement, and sadness that Dr. Leale felt. This of course is a story from the surgeon's point of view.
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