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August 5, 2009

Lincoln Logged Incorrectly

JAMA. 2009;302(5):489. doi:10.1001/jama.2009.1082

To the Editor: The photograph accompanying the book review by Dr Smitherman1 is captioned as showing Abraham Lincoln at Bull Run. However, I believe that the photograph does not show Lincoln.

Not only does the man not look like Lincoln (head too big, neck too short, arms too short, stance atypical2), but there is no record that Lincoln ever visited the Bull Run battlefield.3 Furthermore, the photograph does not appear in the standard catalog of Lincoln photographs.4 Even the source of the photograph questions whether the subject is Lincoln.5

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