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Washington, DC: Grave of Lincoln's Unwitting Attendant

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Congressional Cemetery

Address:
1801 E St. SE, Washington, DC
Directions:
Walk into the cemetery at the intersection of Potomac Ave. SE and E St. SE. At the first cross path turn left. Cross the next cross path. You'll see a line of cenotaphs over the the left. Forbes' tombstone is just south of that line, about three rows before you reach it, on the left.
Hours:
Daylight daily; gated after hours. Office M-F 9-5. (Call to verify) Local health policies may affect hours and access.
Phone:
202-543-0539
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Grave of Lincoln's Unwitting Attendant

Charles Forbes (1835-1895) was the unlucky presidential personal attendant who let John Wilkes Booth into the Lincoln box at Ford's Theatre.

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Grave of Lincoln's attendant.

Grave of Lincoln's Unwitting Attendant

Charles Forbes served as Abraham Lincoln's personal attendant from 1861 to 1865. His unfortunate place in history was being the person who granted John Wilkes Booth permission to enter the president's box at Ford's Theatre after the actor presented him with his calling card.

Part of the story is inscribed on Forbes' gravestone, which was placed at his previously unmarked burial site by the Lincoln Group in 1983.

[Kurt Deion, 08/01/2015]
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