Washington, DC: President Garfield Shot Here

President Garfield was shot near this spot on July 2, 1881. The bullet didn't kill him, but his doctors did; he died unnecessarily on September 19.

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1022 Madison Drive NW, Washington, DC
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The assassination information signs are on the north edge of the National Mall, on the south side of Madison Drive NW, opposite the entrance to the National Gallery of Art.
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Assassination Site of James Garfield

On the morning of July 2, 1881, disgruntled office-seeker Charles Guiteau shot President James Garfield at the Baltimore and Potomac Railroad Station in Washington, D.C. Poor medical practices doomed Garfield, whose tortured body finally gave out on September 19th. The spot where Garfield was shot, in the station's Ladies Waiting Room, was marked until the building was razed in 1908, after which the assassination spot remained unacknowledged for over a century. With Garfield descendants in attendance, temporary wayside signs were finally unveiled at the site on November 19, 2018, the President's 187th birthday. The intention is to complete the necessary steps to permit permanent waysides by July 2, 2021.

The signs are located on the National Mall near the south face of the National Gallery of Art, because the exact spot of the shooting, on the north face, is now in the middle of Constitution Avenue NW.

[Kurt Deion / kurtshistoricsites.com, 11/30/2018]
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