Tuesday, April 14, 2009

President Garfield's Final Days

President James Garfield was mortally wounded by a crazed assassin as he awaited a train for Long Branch on a Washington DC train platform. He was carefully moved to a cottage on the grounds of the Elberon Hotel.
After a valiant effort by the resort residents and tourists to build a rail spur -see my previous post- to help transport him to the cottage he succumbed just twelve days later. Many feel it was the surgeons that killed him with a number of botched operations.
The story captivated the world and in 1881 this stylized illustration was published of the dying commander in chief with his wife by his side gazing at his beloved Jersey Shore.

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