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William Petersen
Blanket said to be from Lincoln's deathbed tested for bloodstains

MADISON, Wis. In the frantic, desperate minutes after John Wilkes Booth fired a fatal shot into the president's head 150 years ago, Abraham Lincoln's unconscious body was carried across the street from Ford's Theater to a rooming house. Down a narrow hallway and into a tiny room, the stricken Lincoln was carried on April 14, 1865, and placed diagonally on a bed too small for his lanky frame. When he died the following morning a photographer snapped a photo of the blood-spattered bed, sheets, blanket and pillow. The beige cotton bedspread carefully stored in acid-free white tissue paper in a temperature- and humidity-monitored room at the Wisconsin Historical Society may have...