Lincoln's Death Bed
After the shooting at Ford’s Theatre, Lincoln was carried across the street and placed on a bed in the back room of William Petersen’s boardinghouse. The lanky president couldn’t fit on the bed, so he had to be laid diagonally across it. Lincoln died in the bed at 7:22 a.m. on April 15, 1865. The president’s deathbed is part of the collection of the Chicago History Museum. The bed was part of a private collection that was donated to the museum. We visited the museum in November of 2019 and took these photographs.