John Wilkes Booth

John Wilkes Booth

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  • The US marked the end of the civil war with a huge celebration in Washington D.C. For many this was a great day, however for John Wilkes Booth this day was horrible as he wanted the South to win the war.
  • April 13th 1865
  • Booth was over the moon to find out that President Lincoln would be attending Ford's Theater that night to see "Our American Cousin". He sets up his plan to shoot Lincoln that night.
  • April 14th 1865
  • Later that night, Booth slyly made his way to the door that would lead him to the President's box. To his surprise there was no guard! He entered the box and put a single bullet through the president's head using a .44-caliber Deringer pistol.
  • April 14th 1865
  • Less than 1 mile from the White House was Secretary of State Seward's house. Lewis Powell was assigned by Booth to assassinate the Secretary of State. He did not succeed; Seward survived the attempted murder.
  • April 14th 1865
  • Booth and an accomplice, David Herold, visited Dr. Samuel Mudd's farm. They were provided food and a place to stay. In addition, Booth had injured his leg when jumping from the Presidential box. Mudd diagnosed a broken fibula and made crutches and a splint for the assassin. Mudd was not aware of the murder when he opened his home to the men.
  • April 15th 1865
  • President Lincoln's health was quickly deteriorating. At 22 minutes past 7:00 am an American hero died; Booth had gotten part of what he wanted.
  • April 15th 1865
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