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Museum highlights Michigan's role in Civil War

Grand Rapids museum displays overcoat, tools from doctor at theater when Lincoln was shot
Posted on April 13, 2014 at 4:12 a.m.

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (AP) — The Grand Rapids Public Museum is displaying the overcoat of a Civil War surgeon who was on guard duty the night Abraham Lincoln was shot at Ford’s Theatre.

The museum has added to its exhibit on Michigan’s role in the Civil War. The artifacts are on loan from the family of Dr. Arend Van der Veen, a surgeon who served in the 8th Michigan Infantry. The infantry was in many key battles, including Antietam and Vicksburg.

According to family history, Van der Veen’s overcoat may have been stained with blood from Lincoln’s assassination. His uniform, medals and medical tools can also be seen at the museum in downtown Grand Rapids.

Online:

http://www.grmuseum.org




 FOR RELEASE SUNDAY, JULY 27, 2014, AT 12:01 A.M. EDT - This combination of campaign provided photos and staff photos shows Congressional candidates in the 2014 Michigan primary election. Top row, from left, are Alan Arcand, Dan Benishek, Justin Amash and Brian Ellis. Bottom row from left are Peter Konetchy, Paul Mitchell, John Moolenaar and Allen Hardwich. (AP Photo)

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 FOR RELEASE SUNDAY, JULY 27, 2014, AT 12:01 A.M. EDT - This combination of campaign provided photos and staff photos shows Congressional candidates in the 2014 Michigan primary election. Top row, from left, are Alan Arcand, Dan Benishek, Justin Amash and Brian Ellis. Bottom row from left are Peter Konetchy, Paul Mitchell, John Moolenaar and Allen Hardwich. (AP Photo)

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