John Wilkes Booth
Project done by: McKenna Southard
1. John Wilkes Booth was born on May 10. 1838 in Bel Air Maryland.
2. His father, Julius Brutus Booth was a well known actor and John aspired to follow in his fathers footsteps. He got his first big break to do just that at the age of 17 staring in Shakespeare's "Richard III".
3. John's acting career was cut short, however, when he came down with a repository disease and had to take a break from the stage.
5. During the Civil War Wilkes served as a secret agent for the Confederacy.
6. With his time off from acting, John Wilkes Booth and some other men came up with a conspiracy to kidnap President Abraham Lincoln.
8. The plan that Booth and the Sympathizers came up with was that they would kidnap Lincoln from Washington and would then take him to Richmond where they would demand that he either release the Confederate soldiers or come to their terms of peace in order to be released.
9. In March 1865, their plan to kidnap Lincoln failed as he didn't show up Washington.
10. After Booth's kidnapping scheme failed, he decided to take his plan one step further. He came up with a new idea, to kill Lincoln.
11. On April 14, 1865 at 10 am, John Wilkes Booth completed his mission. While Lincoln was watching the "Our American Cousin" play at Ford's Theater in Washington D.C., John Wilkes booth shot and killed Abraham Lincoln.
13. After he shouted out, Booth jumped off the stage which ended up breaking his leg. From there he was able to make a getaway on a horse before anyone was able to stop him.
16. The shot did not kill Booth, however, and he still refused to surrender so the investigators set the barn on fire and Booth crawled out, badly burned, only to die a few moments later.