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June 1, 1964

Inaccuracies in Lincoln Death Documents

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Augusta, Ga

JAMA. 1964;188(9):832. doi:10.1001/jama.1964.03060350058025

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To the Editor:—  In "The Wound That Killed Lincoln" (JAMA187: 480 [Feb 15] 1964) there seem to be two errors in time of day. On page 483, in the left column, 31st line from the top, appears: "About 1 p.m.,..." The only PM time concerned with the tragedy was from the time of the shooting until 12 PM the same night; death occurred at 7:22 AM the following day. In the right column, 16th line from the bottom, occurs. "... I made in your presence at 12 o'clock this morning...." Should that not have been 12 o'clock noon? The President was still living at 12:01 AM.

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