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  • Here's the plan. . .
  • Time to put this plan in action.
  • John Wilkes Booth had planned to kidnap Lincoln and bring him to Richmond VA and exchange him for confederate Prisoners of war. John was going to sneak in Lincoln's booth at the theater and kill him
  • The assassination took place at Ford’s Theatre in Washington D.C. During the play, President Lincoln, Mrs. Lincoln, and their guests sat in the President’s box. Booth was standing outside the door of the President’s box. When Harry Hawk, an actor in the play, was left alone on stage to say the line a humorous line, Booth took action. He went behind Lincoln and shot him in the head. Major Rathbone stood up and tried to stop Booth but Booth slashed him in the arm with a knife. After that, he jumped a whole 12 feet from the box to the stage. The audience was unsure if all of this action was a part of the play. With a broken leg, Booth escaped through the back door, got on a horse, and rode off. 12 days after Booth assassinated Lincoln, he was tracked and killed by soldiers to a farm in Virginia. After all of that, soldiers carried Lincoln out of the theatre and to a vacant room on 10th street. The doctors knew that Lincoln wasn’t going to live but they continued to make him as comfortable as they could. The doctors unclothed him and noticed that his lower-body was extremely cold, so they got hot water and hot blankets to warm his body up. Lincoln died around 7:20am.
  • After he got out of the theater he left to Virginia with his friend David Harold they stayed hiding in a barn that was owned by Richard Garret’s on his farm. It was Booth and a group of his friends that planned it. One of his friends decided to not go along with their plan. The reward that was offered was money on April 20. Secretary of war Edwin Stanaton offered $50,000 for the capture of Booth. When they found him they told him to surrender if not they will burn the barn down. Booth’s friend did surrender and left but Booth stayed inside so they did shoot him and burned the barn with him inside of it.
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