Leaping out of President Abraham Lincoln’s upper-deck seating section and through the air, John Wilkes Booth fired the shot that would eventually kill the president before landing on the stage and hurting his leg.
It was Good Friday, April 14th, 1865, the location was Ford’s Theatre in Washington, and not many people know this, but Our American Cousin was the play being performed on stage that night.
Lincoln died the next morning in a lodging house across the street from Ford’s Theatre. So many people wondered how this tragic event was even possible, and I guess some of the blame fell on the Washington police officer who was supposed to be guarding Lincoln. History tells us the assassination of the President took place moments after the officer left his post for either a drink or to get a better view of the play-either way, that looks terrible and screams setup, however, I don’t know if the officer was ever investigated for having something to do with the murder.
Immediately, martial law went into effect, and Washington was locked down. John Wilkes Booth was an actor, and supposedly he came from a family of famous actors, but his actions that night in 1865 weren’t fake. The manhunt was on, and it took almost a week before they caught up with Booth. Finally, they had him trapped in a tobacco-drying barn in Bowling Green, Virginia, but Booth wouldn’t surrender. He was shot and killed, although, he did not die immediately.
With everything going on in the country at the time, they said Abraham Lincoln became a hero in death, and even some of the most faithful and loyal Confederates mourned his passing. The murders of General Grant and Vice President Johnson were planned, but never carried out obviously.
There are some really freaky coincidences between the details surrounding the assassinations of both Lincoln and Kennedy, and you should definitely-definitely do some research. YouTube has a good video; it will leave you in shock!
Alright everyone, have a wonderful day!