The Assassination Of President Lincoln

The Assassination Of President Lincoln

The 16th and the most popular president of the United States of America, Abraham Lincoln was assassinated on the night of 14th April 1865. A racial confederate believer, John Wilkes Booth shot President Lincoln at Washington’s Ford Theatre. Lincoln was watching a comedy drama, ‘Our American Cousin’ in the Presidential Box.

While Abraham Lincoln was one of the pioneer figure of easing white domination over blacks and also a key believer of an united ‘United States’ instead of divided confederation, Booth on the other hand was opposite. He conspired to kidnap the president in Richmond and in return of president, planned to demand release of thousands of civil war prisoners, who believed in confederation.

But before executing the plan, Richmond was regained by government forces and Booth forced to rethink. Now he decided to do something more dangerous. He plotted to kill President Lincoln, Vice President Andrew Johnson and Secretary of State William Seward by himself. Later, first one was successful, second one not even carried out and third one saw partial success as Secretary Seward and his son was badly injured.

The gun used to assassin President Lincoln
The gun used to assassin President Lincoln

14th April 1865. US President Abraham Lincoln was quite in relived mood. Most of his rebel states had been surrender. He decided to spend the evening watching a play in Ford’s Theatre with First Lady Mary Todd Lincoln.

Though several of his well-wishers warned him about the danger of going in such a public place, Lincoln insisted to go. With his wife, arrived the theatre and  started enjoying the comedy. 10 p.m.  John Wilkes Booth showed his invitation card to White House footman Charles Forbes and got access to the box president was sitting. The guard outside was out of station for a while. Booth enter the room with zero resistance. Taking no time, he took out his pistol and pulled the trigger. A single bullet entered Lincoln’s head and lodged out below his eye. The president was rushed across the street to the residence of  William Peterson. Doctors came, Mary kept sitting beside husband, well-wishers prayed. But no miracle happened. The most popular US President ever left the world next day at 7.22 a.m.