Skip to comments.April 14, 1865 President Lincoln Shot
Posted on 04/14/2005 6:40:53 PM PDT by kellynla
At Ford's Theater in Washington, D.C., John Wilkes Booth, an actor and Confederate sympathizer, fatally wounds President Abraham Lincoln. The attack came only five days after Confederate General Robert E. Lee surrendered his massive army at Appomattox, effectively ending the American Civil War.
Booth, who remained in the North during the war despite his Confederate sympathies, initially plotted to capture President Lincoln and take him to Richmond, the Confederate capital. However, on March 20, 1865, the day of the planned kidnapping, the president failed to appear at the spot where Booth and his six fellow conspirators lay in wait. Two weeks later, Richmond fell to Union forces. In April, with Confederate armies near collapse across the South, Booth hatched a desperate plan to save the Confederacy.
Learning that Lincoln was to attend Laura Keene's acclaimed performance in Our American Cousin at Ford's Theater on April 14, Booth plotted the simultaneous assassination of Lincoln, Vice President Andrew Johnson, and Secretary of State William H. Seward. By murdering the president and two of his possible successors, Booth and his conspirators hoped to throw the U.S. government into a paralyzing disarray.
On the evening of April 14, conspirator Lewis T. Powell burst into Secretary of State Seward's home, seriously wounding him and three others, while George A. Atzerodt, assigned to Vice President Johnson, lost his nerve and fled. Meanwhile, just after 10 p.m., Booth entered Lincoln's private theater box unnoticed, and shot the president with a single bullet in the back of his head. Slashing an army officer who rushed at him, Booth jumped to the stage and shouted "Sic semper tyrannis! [Thus always to tyrants]--the South is avenged!" Although Booth had broken his left leg jumping from Lincoln's box, he succeeded in escaping Washington.
The president, mortally wounded, was carried to a cheap lodging house opposite Ford's Theater. About 7:22 a.m. the next morning, he died--the first U.S. president to be assassinated. Booth, pursued by the army and secret service forces, was finally cornered in a barn near Bowling Green, Virginia, and died from a possibly self-inflicted bullet wound as the barn was burned to the ground. Of the eight other persons eventually charged with the conspiracy, four were hanged and four were jailed.
Sic semper tyrannis.
Shrew, this reminds me of our visit to Ford Theatre. Which also reminds me I owe you a photo :)
This Just In!!!!
There are many tyrants whose deaths are not celebrated.
It simply fumes me now when the gay rights activists are trying to produce a book advocating taht Abe was homosexual.
The great-great grandchild of the man who set Booth's cast when he broke his leg wanted him to be pardoned. I'm glad Reagan dismissed his proposal.
The south does not like Lincoln.
I never knew that Lincoln was shot and the Titanic sank on the same day (not year) until tonight on FR.
Other than that, Mrs. Lincoln, how did you enjoy the play?
Well that's why I'm here...
just call me Mr. History! LOL
And I quit smoking 15 years ago yesterday.
Creepy, isn't it?
The devil does not like Jesus. What else is new?
I thought Dr Mudd was pardoned a long time before Reagan.
Some people claimed that Dr. Mudd had no personal knowledge of John Wilkes Booth or what he had done at Ford's Theatre.
What was Reagan's reason for refusing a pardon?
To be honest, I'm not sure. But you know how Reagan was. Carter? Why'd he not only pardoned the fella, he'd had pardoned Booth himself too.
I am with you dude.
He looked like one.
No--Mudd was guilty as sin and should have been hanged--probably moreso than Mary Surrat--
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