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Lincoln’s Doctor’s Dog
June/July 2003 | Volume 54, Issue 3
Suckley would not see Jet again, for within days he was ordered to Cumberland, Maryland, to reorganize the scandalously deficient hospital there. But he sent the promising pup to his family’s farm in Rhinebeck. During four years on the front lines, the doctor was promoted to the rank of colonel and became one of General Grant’s personal surgeons. Afterward he returned to New York, where he spent a happy retirement. Still, he may have regretted not having left the “Compromise” with the President. In February 1862 Willie Lincoln died of a sudden fever, and as his father struggled through the griefs and anxieties of his last years, he might have found respite in the antics of a smart, romping pup.