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This evening at about 9:30 P.M., at Ford's Theatre, the President, while sitting in his private box with Mrs. LINCOLN, Mrs. HARRIS, and Major RATHBURN, was shot by as assassin, who suddenly entered the box and approached behind the President.

The assassin then leaped upon the stage, brandishing a large dagger or knife, and made his escape in the rear of the theatre.

The pistoi ball entered the back of the President's head and penetrated nearly through the head. The wound is mortal. The President has been insensible ever since it was inflicted, and is now dying.

Booth Makes Critical Mistakes

What could go wrong?

Trouble lies ahead for Booth and Herold! They have been on the run for three days now. Although the Union Calvary is still searching for Lincoln's assassin, we know Booth has made some critical mistakes. First of all, Booth did not account for injuries while on the run. Rumor is Booth injured his leg during his escape from Ford's Theatre. Secondly, Booth did not pack appropriate clothes fro his journey. It is likely he and Herold will have to set up camp during their time on the run. If the Union Calvary is smart they will capitalize on these mistakes and seize the opportunity to avenge Lincoln's assassin.
The Assassination of Abraham Lincoln