Charles Forbes

Charles Forbes

Birth
Ireland
Death 11 Oct 1895 (aged 59–60)
District Of Columbia, USA
Burial Washington, District of Columbia, District Of Columbia, USA
Plot Range 34, Site 76
Memorial ID 18002817 · View Source
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Charles Forbes was the personal attendant, messenger, and valet to President Abraham Lincoln from 1861-1865. He occasionally watched out for Tad Lincoln. He was driving Mrs. Lincoln from the Soldier's Home to the White House on July 3, 1865 when an accident or sabotage caused the carriage to break apart. Mrs. Lincoln's head was badly hurt, and she spent weeks recovering. He also accompanied the Lincoln's to Ford's Theatre on April 14, 1865 the night that Lincoln was assassinated. John Wilkes Booth approached Forbes who was seated outside of Lincoln's box, gave him his calling card, and Forbes allowed Booth to enter the door to the private box. Mrs. Lincoln was fond of Forbes, bore him no ill will for the evening's events, and later presented him with the suit of clothes that Lincoln wore that night.

Forbes died in 1895 and still remains mysterious figure in the assassination. He never gave a witness statement nor did he ever leave a written or verbal account of the events of that evening. He was buried in an unmarked grave in Congressional Cemetery until 1984 when The Lincoln Group, a historical society, placed a marker on his grave.


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  • Created by: Janet Greentree
  • Added: 20 Feb 2007
  • Find A Grave Memorial 18002817
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Charles Forbes (1835–11 Oct 1895), Find A Grave Memorial no. 18002817, citing Congressional Cemetery, Washington, District of Columbia, District Of Columbia, USA ; Maintained by Janet Greentree (contributor 5502422) .