Event Date
11/19/1863
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Yes
Unique ID
76
Associated Media Filename

112

Hours after delivering the Gettysburg Address, President Abraham Lincoln suffered weakness, fever, and headache on the train back to Washington. Within a few days he developed widespread pustular lesions. Medical historians assert that Lincoln had smallpox, which sickened him for almost four weeks. Lincoln, however, recovered, though his valet caught the disease and died.

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Diseases & Vaccines
Smallpox