Lincoln's been shot!!!!!

john w. booth is wanted!!!

April 14th 1865

while Lincoln enjoyed a play with first lady Mary Todd Lincoln, at the Fords's Theater. Booth entered the Presidential box also at about 10:20 in the evening. Undetected Booth crept up behind the President and shot him in the back of the head at point blank range with a derringer pistol. Jumping over the balcony, Booth escaped through a back door, limping on a broken leg. Booth met with Herold and headed for Dr. Samuel Mudd's farm. Dr. Mudd attended to Booth's broken left leg and allowed the two men to stay the night. They left Mudds farm and after several days of running and hiding, found their final refuge at in Richard Garret's barn.


Abraham Lincoln is regarded as one of America's greatest heroes due to both his incredible impact on the nation and his unique appeal. His is a remarkable story of the rise from humble beginnings to achieve the highest office in the land; then, a sudden and tragic death at a time when his country needed him most to complete the great task remaining before the nation. Lincoln's distinctively human and humane personality and historical role as savior of the Union and emancipator of the slaves creates a legacy that endures. His eloquence of democracy and his insistence that the Union was worth saving embody the ideals of self-government that all nations strive to achieve.

John W. Booth

John Wilkes Booth was born May 10, 1838, near Bel Air, Maryland. At age 17, he made his acting debut. In the 1850s, he joined the No-Nothing Party. During the Civil War, he was a Confederate secret agent. In March of 1865, his attempt to kidnap President Lincoln failed. On April 14, 1865, he assassinated Lincoln at Ford Theater. Booth was killed on April 26, 1865 in Port Royal, Virginia.