happened at Ford's Theater in Washington, DC. The president was watching Laura
Keene's acclaimed performance in 'Our American Cousin'.
shots were fired into the back of Lincoln's head by John Wilkes Booth, actor and
Confederate. The president was fatally founded in the attack; he would die the
was all a desperate plan to help save the failing Confederate offensive which
was virtually finished in the South. Lincoln was to be shot and so were his two
successors, Vice President Andrew Johnson, and Secretary of State William H. Seward,
thus paralyzing the US government. The other attacks failed.
broke his leg as he jumped from Lincoln's box but he still managed to escape Washington.
was finally caught in a barn near Bowling Green, Virginia. The barn was burned
and Booth died of a bullet wound, which could have been self-administered. Eight
others were charged with the attacks: 4 were hanged, 4 were jailed.