Assassination of Abraham Lincoln

An HMS American Cultures collaborative production

A life that started on February 12, 1809 tragically ended February 14, 1865. Abraham Lincoln officially died the morning of February 15, 1865. He was shot in the head at the Ford Theatre while watching a play. He was assassinated by John Wilkes Booth. John Wilkes Booth was a well-known actor of the time and had been performing in the Ford Theater with this certain play for quite some time, so he knew his way around. He planned the assassination during a part where there would be laughter in the audience to muffle the sound of the gun shot. Once he shot Lincoln their guests, in particular, Major Henry Rathbone, saw Booth shooting Lincoln and tried to stop him. However, Booth also had a knife and stabbed Rathbone with it,twice. Then Booth jumped down from the presidential box and he landed badly and snapped the fibula bone in his left leg just above the ankle. When he landed he held up a knife and said, "Sic semper tyrannis!" Which is Latin for, "Thus always to tyrants"Supposedly many men attempted to chase after him but could not catch him. He then ran out the door and hopped on his horse that was waiting for him. After he kicked the horse rider off. The amazing thing is that he managed to do this while having a broken left fibula after jumping from the presidential box. In addition, on this night, there were also plans to assassinate the Vice President Andrew Johnson as well as Secretary of State William H. Seward. Plans to assassinate Johnson were never carried out, but on the other hand, there was an attempt to murder Seward that same night. Lewis Thornton Powell accompanied by David Herold, was able to lie his way into the Seward home, claiming that he was a doctor bring Seward medicine. But when he asked to deliver the medicine to Seward alone, suspicion rose. Powell was able to stab Seward several times, and many, including has family members, thought he was dead at first site. Despite what many believed for quite some time, Seward lived, and just days later, Andrew Johnson was sworn in as President of the United States. If the plan had been carried out, Johnson would have most likely been dead also considering that security was so light this day in age that nearly anyone upon mere request could have a private meeting with Johnson, or Lincoln, for that matter. Also there are many coincidences, one being that three days before Lincoln was assassinated he had a dream where he heard sobs but didn't know why, and then, in the dream, he asked a soldier and the soldier replied, "the president is dead by assassination". Along with that, many have found similarities or coincidences between Lincoln's assassination as with President Kennedy's assassination. One was that Lincoln's assassin ran from the theater and was caught in the warehouse while Kennedy's ran from the warehouse and was caught in the theater. In conclusion I feel that the Lincoln's assassination was a devastating loss for the country after all he did to make the U.S. what it is today. Booth wanted his hand in the war so he made his mark by assassinating Lincoln.

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