Booth wanted to kill Lincoln himself, he allegedly assigned Secretary of State Seward to Powell and Herold and Vice President Johnson to Atzerodt. He was bitter with the North and wanted to get revenge.
Lincoln was watching a show with his wife in the presidential box at Ford’s theater when Booth snuck into the back of the box and shot Lincoln in the head. After this took place Booth fled.
Booth injured his leg when he jumped to the stage to escape, but he managed to hobble outside to his horse. Booth rode to Virginia with David Herold. When the troops finally caught up with Booth and Herold on April 26, they gave them the option of surrendering before the barn was burned down.