Abraham Lincoln - Assassination

On April 14, 1865 at the Ford Theater in Washington D.C. by John Wilkes Booth, a famous northern actor and Confederation Supporter, shot Abraham Lincoln in the head, while he was watching the performance "Our American Cousin."

Booth was an actor in the play and at first it looked like the dramatic scene after the shooting belonged to the play, because he jumped from Lincoln's Box on the stage and yelled “Sic semper tyrannis!” (“Thus ever to tyrants!”–the Virginia state motto)

Only the loud scream of the first Lady let the people realize what actually happened.

Lincoln survived the night, after a doctor helped him and brought him nearby, but the next morning, on April 15, 1865 at 7:22 a.m. he was officially pronounced dead.

The actual plan was to kidnap Lincoln and bring him to Richmond, the Confederations' Capital City. But the plan failed and two weeks later Richmond fall to Union forces. The Idea to shot Abraham Lincoln was actually just plan B, but it was planned very well because his assassin  was a actor in the theater.

Booth was able to flew on a horseback; he and his accomplice David Harold got help from other conspirators and hid in a Virginia farmhouse. On April 26, they found him and set the house on fire, while Harold surrendered, Booth remained inside and got shot fatally. On July 7 four other co-conspirators of Booth got executed by hanging, within Mary Surratt, the first woman who was ever put to death by federal government.

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