Assassination of Abraham Lincoln
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.
Coincidences surrounding asssassination[change | edit source]
- On April 4th, Lincoln had a dream in which he saw people crying in the White House and saw a catafalque, on which rested a corpse wrapped in funeral vestments with surrounding soliders, Lincoln asked the soldiers about of the deceased and was told that the president killed by an assassin.
- As Lincoln left for the theater, William H. Crook, the president's bodyguard, said "Good night, Mr. President." Lincoln replied, "Goodbye, Crook." According to Crook, this was the first time. Lincoln always said: "Good night, Crook."
- Farmers in the American Midwest claimed that The Moon turned blood red at 10:15 P.M. - the exact moment Booth shot Lincoln.
References[change | edit source]
- p. 116–117 of Recollections of Abraham Lincoln 1847–1865 by Ward Hill Lamon (Lincoln, University of Nebraska Press, 1999).
- p. http://books.google.co.uk/books?id=F6HB7q8M9TIC&pg=PA297&dq=lincoln+dreamed+for+three+nights+assassinated&hl=en&sa=X&ei=TXGzUaSBIKqu0QX__oGoAQ&ved=0CDQQ6AEwAA#v=onepage&q=lincoln%20dreamed%20for%20three%20nights%20assassinated&f=false
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