Booth was hoping to get revenge and get confederate prisoners back. Powell was to go to the home of Secretary of State William H. Seward and kill him. The assassination was a failure because Seward's son, denied Powell entrance into his father's bedroom. Booth assigned Atzerodt the job of assassinating Vice-President Andrew Johnson. He went to the bar and he asked the bartender questions about the vice-president, this aroused suspicion and the next day authorities were called in to investigate.
John Wilkes Booth fired a single shot into the president’s head. Lincoln slumped over, never to regain consciousness. He jumped out of the box onto the stage, 12 feet below. At first, the crowd interpreted the unfolding drama as part of the production, but a scream from the first lady told them otherwise. John Wilkes Booth is killed when Union soldiers track him down to a Virginia farm. Several soldiers carried Lincoln to a boarding house across the street and placed him on a bed. Lincoln was pronounced dead at 7:22 a.m. on April 15, 1865, at the age of 56.
Booth stops at the home of Samuel Mudd, a doctor who treated his broken leg. He then sought refuge from Thomas A. Jones, a Confederate agent, before securing a boat to row across the Potomac to Virginia. Secretary of War Edwin Stanton had offered an unprecedented $50,000 for the capture of Booth. Union troops surrounded the Virginia farmhouse where Booth and Herold were hiding out and set fire to it. As the blaze intensified, a sergeant shot Booth in the neck.