Surgical Instruments used at Lincoln's Autopsy, 1865

On April 15, Surgeon General Joseph K. Barnes directed an autopsy on Lincoln’s body in the White House. The name of the surgeon who performed the autopsy was not recorded. The instruments he used were given to Alfred D. Wilson, a young doctor who assisted in the procedure. They remained in Wilson’s family until they were donated to the Medical Society of the County of Kings in Brooklyn, New York, in 1935.
Gift of the Medical Society of the County of Kings, 1983
Currently not on view
Object Name
medical kit
date made
by 1865
Physical Description
wood (overall material)
metal (overall material)
overall with lid open: 6 3/4 in x 10 1/4 in x 7 1/2 in; 17.145 cm x 26.035 cm x 19.05 cm
ID Number
accession number
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Political History: Political History, General History Collection
Government, Politics, and Reform
Selections from the Abraham Lincoln Collection
Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center


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