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Author: Charles Augustus Leale, MD Narrator: David Wales Publisher: Author's Republic Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: August 2016 ISBN: 9781518931635
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“I grasped Mrs. Lincoln’s outstretched hand in mine while she cried piteously to me, ‘Oh, Doctor! Is he dead? Can he recover? Will you take charge of him? Do what you can for him. Oh, my poor husband!’"


A young Union Army Doctor, attending a play at Ford’s Theater in Washington, D.C., on April 14, 1865, is a witness to the assassination of President Abraham Lincoln. He is the first doctor to reach the President’s side in an attempt to save his life. Dr. Charles Augustus Leale details every moment of the tragedy, from forcing open the door of the Presidential box, his words with Mrs. Lincoln, his decision to move the president from the theater, to the final moments of President Lincoln’s life. This remarkable first-person, true narrative places the listener in the middle of the tragedy, from beginning to end. It has been lost and forgotten for over a hundred years and was recently rediscovered and made public.

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About the Author

Dr. Charles Augustus Leale (1842–1932) was a surgeon in the Union Army during the American Civil War. He was the first doctor to arrive at the presidential box at Ford’s Theatre on April 14, 1865 after John Wilkes Booth fatally shot President Abraham Lincoln in the back of the head with a Philadelphia Deringer pistol. At the time, Leale was a twenty-three-year-old surgeon who had just six weeks earlier graduated in medicine from Bellevue Hospital Medical College in New York. Leale’s account of Lincoln’s death was not publicly revealed until the one hundredth anniversary of Lincoln’s birth in 1909. Leale was one of the last surviving attendees of Lincoln’s assassination upon his death in 1932.