Abraham Lincoln's Assassination

angela hallie noah

Lincoln's assassination was the result of a grand, masterminded plot.

Connections to the confederacy....

The men involved in the assassination have connections to the confederacy. Lewis Powell, John Wilkes Booth, and John Surratt used to be part of the confederacy and they helped booth with all of the assassination. Booth made many trips to Montreal which was known as a confederate spy stronghold. The confederacy government was pursuing political assassination as a war tactic and argued that the Lincoln plot was actually part of a larger, official terror campaign waged by the confederacy against the union is one theory.

Previously planning.....

Booth had previously planned all of the details going into the assassination. He had the stagehand hold his horse before the assassination took place. Also, Booth planned his safe house's before the assassination. For example, going to Surratt's Tavern to pick up his weapons for the escape. He also planned to rent the horses so that when he ran out of the theater he could have a quick escape. Finally Booth planned what weapon he would choose to kill Lincoln.

The circumstances....

Lincoln's assassination unwittingly occurred because circumstances easily allowed it to happen. The assassin could not escape without being noticed. John Wilkes Booth was identified as the assassin of Abraham Lincoln after the excitement of the moment died down. He was easily identified because of his stardom and fame as a known actor. This disproves the claim that the plan was carried just because circumstances permitted. Booth was tracked down and shot and killed in the end of the manhunt.

Booth's unassisted plan...

Booth single handly planned and initiated Lincoln's assassination. This is not correct because other people were included such as George Herold, George Atzerodt, Lewis Powell, and Mary Surratt. George Herold was an accomplice to Lewis Powell who was responsible for the assassination of Secretary Seward. George Atzerodt's job was to kill Andrew Johnson, but he chickened out at the last moment. Mary Surratt was not supposed to take out anyone, but she was responsible for bringing guns to Surratt Tavern for Booth and Herold. This proves that Booth's plan was not single handly executed.
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