The President is Shot!

President Abraham Lincoln is Assassinated

April 14, 1865

The night of April 14, audience members in Ford's Theater, Washington DC and people all across America are taken by shock. President Abraham Lincoln is shot and killed by John Wilkes Booth.

Five days before this, the civil war had ended after years of fighting within our own nation. It was the north against the south, or the union against the confederates. Lincoln was leading the union and had ended up winning the war, mainly fighting for freedom of African Americans. It was likely this was the reason he had been assassinated, Booth was a confederate.

He was rushed to the hospital and suffered through the night. He eventually passed away at 7:22 AM April 17, 1865.

Booth hadn't yet been captured and was on the run, but there was a $100,000 reward offered for anyone that found him.

Meanwhile people were preparing for Lincoln's funeral and burial. The funeral took place in Columbus, Ohio on April 29. He was buried May 4 in Oak Field Cemetery. It was decided he would be buried in his home town of Springfield.

Still searching for Booth, detectives discovered another confederate was letting him along with a few others in on the assassination, stay in his barn. While the other men came out of the barn as soon as police arrived, Booth stayed strong for his country, or so he said and stayed hidden in the barn. In order to get him out, police burned down the barn and he was forced to surrender. He died later that day, March 10, and the country was put at rest.

Abraham Lincoln

Abraham Lincoln was born February 12, 1809. He grew up on a farm and loved to read. He was elected president in 1860 and led the North to win the civil war, therefore granting the freedom of African Americans. He was assassinated by John Wilkes Booth April 14, 1865 in Fords Theater, Washington DC. He died at 7:22 AM April 17.

Lincoln's Assassination

Friday, April 14th 1865 at 8:45pm

511 10th St NW

Washington, District of Columbia

Abraham Lincoln, 16th President of the United States is shot and killed by John Wilkes Booth while watching a play.