John Wilkes Booth
and the Assassination of Lincoln
What was John Wilkes Booth's Plan to kill Lincoln?
derringer in his left hand and a dagger in the right. At that moment he jumped inside of the box and shot Lincoln in the back of the head. Booth then jumped out of the box and broke a bone in the bottom of his left leg. It is said that he shouted "Sic temper tyrannis" which was the Virginia Motto meaning thus always to tyrants. Booth managed to escape the theater on horseback.
What Happened to John Wilkes Booth and Abraham Lincoln?
Booth: John Wilkes Booth was found hiding in a barn near Port Royal, Virginia. He surrendered to troops but was eventually shot and killed. His body was givin to medical examiners and was identified.
Reaction of the public: Lincoln's assassination and effect on civil war
- tar and feathered
- beaten to death
- ridden on the rails (people were put on stakes and carried around town as an embarrassment)
- arrested for insulting
- shot by union troops
The public's reaction to the assassination was very bad.
Effects of the Assassination Today