Assassination of Abraham Lincoln
Abraham Lincoln was shot on the evening of April 14, 1865, ashe sat in the presidential box at Ford's Theatre in Washington, D.C., watching a performance of the play Our American Cousi.
On the evening of April14, 1865, while attending a special performance of the comedy, "Our American Cousin" in the Ford’s Theatre in Washington, D.C., President Abraham Lincolnwas shot. Accompanying him at Ford's Theater that night were his wife, Mary Todd Lincoln, the Major Henry R. Rathbone, and Clara Harris. After theplay was in progress, a figure with a drawn derringer pistol stepped into the presidential box, aimed, and fired. The president slumped forward.
Theassassin, the actor John Wilkes Booth, dropped the pistol and waved a dagger. Rathbone lunged at him, and though slashed in the arm, forced the killer tothe railing. Booth leapt from the balcony and caught the spur of his left boot on a flag draped over the rail, and shattered a bone in his leg onlanding. Though injured, he rushed out the back door, and disappeared into the night on horseback.
A doctor in the audience immediately went upstairs to thebox. The bullet had entered through Lincoln's left ear and lodged behind his right eye. He was paralyzed and barely breathing. He was carried acrossTenth Street, to a boarding-house opposite the theater, but the doctors' best efforts failed. Nine hours later, at 7:22 AM on April 15th, Lincoln died.