Assassination of Abraham Lincoln

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The assassination of Abraham Lincoln was one of the last events in the American Civil War, and happened on Good Friday, April 14, 1865. President Lincoln was shot while he was watching the play Our American Cousin at Ford's Theatre in Washington, D.C..

Lincoln's killer, John Wilkes Booth, was an actor and Confederate supporter who had plotted with other men to kill the Secretary of State, William H. Seward and the Vice President Andrew Johnson. Booth hoped to create disorder and overthrow the Northern government by doing this. Booth was able to kill Lincoln, but Seward and Johnson survived. Lincoln was the first American president to be assassinated.[1]

Events[change | edit source]

On April 14th, Lincoln went to attend a play with his wife at Ford's Theatre in Washington, D.C..

During the third act of the play, John Wilkes Booth, a well-known actor and a Confederate spy from Maryland, entered the presidental box and fired a pistol at point-blank range into the back of Lincoln's head,[2] mortally wounding him. Lincoln was carried across the street to Petersen House. He was placed diagonally on the bed because his tall frame would not fit normally on the smaller bed.[3] He remained in a coma for nine hours. He died the next morning.[4]

Booth escaped, but died from shots fired during his capture on April 26.

On the day of his assassination, Lincoln had told his bodyguard, W. H. Crook, that he had been having dreams of himself being assassinated for three straight nights. Cook advised Lincoln not to go that night to Ford's theater, but Lincoln said he had promised his wife they would go. As Lincoln left for the theater, he turned to Crook and said "Goodbye, Crook." According to Crook, this was the first time. Lincoln always said: "Good night, Crook." [5]

References[change | edit source]

  1. Swanson, James (2006). Manhunt: The 12-Day Chase for Lincoln's Killer. Harper Collins. ISBN 9780060518493.
  2. Swanson, James. Manhunt: The 12-Day Chase for Lincoln's Killer. Harper Collins, 2006. pp. 42–3. ISBN 978-0-06-051849-3
  3. Steers, Edward. Blood on the Moon: The Assassination of Abraham Lincoln. University Press of Kentucky, 2001. p. 123–24. ISBN 978-0-8131-9151-5
  4. "Abraham Lincoln". History. AETN UK. http://www.history.co.uk/biographies/abraham-lincoln. Retrieved 16 February 2014.
  5. Lloyd Lewis (1994). The Assassination of Lincoln: History and Myth. University of Nebraska Press. p. 297. ISBN 9780803279490. http://books.google.co.uk/books?id=F6HB7q8M9TIC&pg=PA297.

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