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Family of Doctor Who Treated Lincoln Assassin Visit Prison

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Family of Doctor Who Treated Lincoln Assassin Visit Prison

NBC Miami ^

Posted on 7/27/2015, 11:04:54 PM by nickcarraway

About 80 descendants of Dr. Samuel A. Mudd marked Friday’s 150th anniversary of Mudd’s July 24, 1865, arrival at an isolated Gulf of Mexico fort where he was imprisoned after splinting the broken leg of President Abraham Lincoln’s assassin.

Wearing “Free Dr. Mudd” T-shirts, the group toured Fort Jefferson, a former Union military prison on an island 68 miles west of Key West in remote Dry Tortugas National Park. Most visited the cell where Mudd spent four years after being convicted as a co-conspirator in Lincoln’s assassination.

Great-grandson Tom Mudd, who spearheaded the pilgrimage, believes the doctor was unaware of John Wilkes Booth’s crime when he treated Booth.

“You have to really believe that history is not cut in stone,” Tom Mudd said. “That history is flexible, it’s pliable, and we…

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