THIS dust was once the Man, Gentle, plain, just and resolute-under whose cautious hand, Against the foulest crime in history known in any land or age, Was saved the Union of These States.
To mark the 200th anniversary of President Abraham Lincoln's birth, the National Museum of Health and Medicine/AFIP honors our 16th president with this exhibition of items associated with his last hours and the physicians who cared for him.
In April 1862, Lincoln appointed William A. Hammond as Surgeon General of the U.S. Army. Hammond then founded the Army Medical Museum (now the National Museum of Health and Medicine) to document the effects of war wounds and disease on the human body. Today, the Museum is the nation's repository of historical and medically-significant specimens and artifacts documenting the history of American medicine, with a special emphasis on military medicine.
Abraham Lincoln: The Final Casualty of the War is endorsed by the Abraham Lincoln Bicentennial Commission as part of their year-long national celebration of the president's life and legacy.