Montpelier, Vermont: Cloth Stained With Lincoln's Blood

Tiny. Inside a gilt frame in a Cabinet of Curiosities in the Vermont History Museum. It has a label, so it must be true.

Vermont History Museum

Address:
109 State St., Montpelier, VT
Directions:
Vermont History Museum. On the north side of State St., just west of its intersection with Governor Davis Ave. Cabinet is just inside the entrance.
Hours:
Tu-Sa 10-4 (Call to verify) Local health policies may affect hours and access.
Phone:
802-828-2291
Admission:
Adults $7.
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Cloth with Lincoln's blood.

Cloth Stained with Lincoln's Blood

Just inside the entrance to the Vermont Historical Society Museum is a "State Cabinet," a 19th century precursor to the modern museum. Sitting on one shelf is a tiny piece of fabric and paper inside a gilt frame. The handwriting on the paper reads as follows: "A piece of cloth stained with the late President A. Lincolns blood and which was placed between his head and the pillow. Presented by C.K.W. Strong Aug 29. 1865." Mr. Strong was a Treasury Department clerk at the time of Lincoln's assassination. He was also a souvenir hunter, if the article is genuine.

[Kurt Deion / kurtshistoricsites.com, 10/22/2019]
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