the milder version, but the White house doctor placed him in quarrantine and vaccinated all those who lived there, however Lincoln's personal servant died from the disease.
On the train back to Washington that evening, Lincoln became feverish, weak, and troubled by a headache. His personal servant, William B. Johnson, applied a wet towel to the president’s face to help allay the fever and pain. Back in Washington, Lincoln’s sickness progressed. He had a high fever, severe headaches with back pain, and profound weakness. On the fourth day of illness, a scarlet rash appeared on his body. Lincoln’s physician, Dr. Robert K. Stone, first thought the president had scarlatina (scarlet fever), but when small, widely scattered blisters appeared the next day, he became more concerned.
Thursday, May 29, 2014
Factoid of the day
Abraham Lincoln came down with smallpox after coming home from giving the Gettysburg address.