Abraham Lincoln was the sixteenth president of the United States of America. Lincoln was born on February 12, 1809, and died on April 15, 1865. As a young child, Abraham lived in a log cabin in Illinois. Around the age of twelve he began working, wielding an ax, building fences, and cutting wood. Later, Abraham Lincoln married a woman named Mary Todd; together they had four children. Lincoln started his presidency on March 18, 1861, but his term was cut short on April 14, 1865, by the assassin John Wilkes Booth (Abraham).
The death of Abraham Lincoln is described very vividly: “...the sphere of Britannia metal poked a neat round hole in Lincoln’s skull and then pushed fragments of that bone deep into Lincoln’s brain as it traveled precisely seven and a half inches before plowing to a stop in the dense gray matter.” (page 208). After the arrests of the other co-conspirators like Azterodt and Powell, detective Lafayette Baker attempts to hunt down John Wilkes Booth and David Herold who are hiding out in a swamp in Maryland. Eventually, the two conspirators are found in a barn in Virginia and John Wilkes Booth is shot and killed as the barn burned to the ground. Finally, the assassin of the killer of Abraham Lincoln is killed in the same manner as the president.
The night of April 14th, 1865, the audience of Ford’s Theatre anticipated to see a normal performance of “Our American Cousin.” Little did they know what would they experience that night would change the path of American history. One of the most tragic presidential assassinations took place. President Lincoln was the first president to be assassinated in US history. Lincoln’s assassination took many steps, planning, preparation, kill the president, and finally get away. This was the time of the civil war and the South had just surrendered at the Appotomax in Northern Virginia. The Confederacy hated Lincoln because the government proscribed slavery, so a group of men took the risk of murdering the sixteenth president: John Wilkes Booth, George
The feeling of change, is one many are afraid of. Moreover, the possibility of moving on from the style of one life into the unknown world where they are vulnerable, is frightening to many, unthinkable to some. After the Civil War, hundreds of thousands of Southerners refused to believe in a world where African Americans were also citizens of the Union, one where they were all men were free. While most maintained peace in order to prevent more mayhem, some decided to act out. John Wilkes Booth was one of these such men, and he demonstrated his anger through murder. Booth assassinated President Abraham Lincoln on April 15th, 1865 .The book, Chasing Lincoln’s Killer, written by James L. Swanson reports the anger felt by Booth, in addition to the manhunt that followed, and the shocked nation left behind. The magnitude of emotions felt by Booth leads him to this traitorous act, and this text shows a lot about the how people react to change in their life, because of fear of change, and the annoyance of a new system. Most importantly this text shows us how even through the pain from the worst, there is always a better door in life, waiting to be opened.
Bill O’Reilly’s and Martin Dugard’s book Killing Lincoln delves into the events leading up to the assassination of President Abraham Lincoln and the repercussions upon the people involved, as well as a detailed analysis of the ongoing war efforts and the affects one has upon the other. While unraveling the conspiracy and its members, the reader is given compelling evidence and speculative reasoning that leads the reader to believe that the plot to assassinate Lincoln involves additional people, and could in fact be a conspiracy that reaches into the regions of power far above what is historically proven.
One person who reacted to Lincoln's assassination was Elizabeth keckley. For example, keckley said “when I heard the words I felt like as if blood was frozen in my veins, and that my lungs collapsed.”Also she was surprised and shocked by what happened. Additionally, They tried to quiet down but gentle words couldn’t could not calm the wild tempest.
After that, the book speaks to how John Wilkes Booth and his accomplices planned and executed the assassination of President Lincoln. The book then details John Wilkes Booth and his perils of getting away to a place where he can seek refuge from the manhunt. Next, Andrew Johnson is sworn in and takes the office ofhte presidency as the seventeenth president. Booth continues running for twelve days following the assassination of President Lincoln. It was on the twelfth day that Booth was apprehended in a tobacco warehouse on Garrett Farm. After setting the barn containing John Wilkes Booth ablaze, a firefight ensued. Though the soldiers were ordered not to kill John Wilkes Booth, a corpral named Boston Cobrett shot and killed John Wilkes Booth, claiming that God has instructed him to do it. With the head of the conspiracy dead, there were still other people that were somehow involved with the plot to assassinate Lincoln, Mary Surratt, David Herald, George Atzerodt, and Lewis Powell faced trial on July 6, 1865, and were all four hanged on July 7,
The United States would not be the same today if Abraham Lincoln was never assassinated on the unfortunate night of April 14, 1865. His killer, John Wilkes Booth, had a strong resent for the Union that subsequently caused a dramatic shift in history. This hatred was caused by many factors, such as his background and where he grew up, his lust for power and fame, and his mental illness. John Wilkes Booth, a master assassinator and conspirator, hoped to strengthen the confederacy by killing Abraham Lincoln. However, this murder created an even stronger opposition to the South than ever before.
Booth and his co-conspirators also planned to simultaneously assassinate Vice President Andrew Johnson and Secretary of State William H. Seward, hoping to throw the Union into disarray and save the Confederacy (History.com Staff). Booth had heard of Lincoln's plan to attend the play Our American Cousin on April 14, 1865 at the Ford's Theater, and planned to assassinate the President there (History.com Staff). At the play, Booth, whose appearance there wasn't uncommon being a famous actor, snuck into the President's private box and shot him in the head with a .44-caliber derringer (History.com Staff). Booth then jumped from the box to the stage, shouting the Virginia state motto, Sic semper tyrannis!--thus always to tyrants (History.com Staff). For a minute, the crowd only thought Booth's outburst was part of the play, until the distraught First Lady Mary Lincoln alerted the crowd to the horror unfolding in the President's box (History.com Staff). Doctors rushed to the box and carried him to a boardinghouse across the street, where the surgeon general announced that the President wouldn't survive the night (History.com Staff). Although the assassination attempts on the Vice President and Secretary of State failed, the President was not so lucky. President Abraham Lincoln died at 7:22 AM on the morning of April 15 (History.com
4. Chasing Lincoln’s Killer is a complete retelling of the assassination of Abraham Lincoln along with the 12-day manhunt that followed for the infamous John Wilkes Booth and his accomplices. The Confederacy has just recently lost the Civil War to the Union. John Wilkes Booth, a devoted confederate, decides to do something with his strong anger towards the union: killing the president of the United States.
Everyone knows that John Wilkes Booth was the man who assassinated President Abraham Lincoln, but not everyone knows John Wilkes Booth’s take on it. Like Why did he do it? Who were his accomplices? What happened after he did it? Well that is was this paper is about.
To resume to the summary, the book “Chasing Lincoln's Killer” by James L. Swanson. The book is about the killer John Wilkes Booth, and not shows the full view of Abraham Lincoln because the book is talking about John Wilkes Booth Saga. The Story follows John Wilkes Booth along with his plan, and the plan was to assassinate Abraham Lincoln. The book shows the sketch also, shows how he, J. Wilkes Booth, killed Abraham Lincoln a point blank shot kill. After he killed the president, John Wilkes Booth flead from the theatre and went out of Washington to keep himself safe from danger. Throughout his adventure, he has been going through ups and downs across his road, on the contrary he had companions to help him out when he his going through horrible times. John Wilkes Booth helpers gave him a home to live even having the risk of being arrested for helping out a murderer. This means, it shows that John Wilkes Booth reputation is high and can have an ample amount of helpers throughout his
Before this, Julia and Ulysses S. Grant were invited, but they turned down the invitation. So, Clara and Henry accepted a last-minute invitation to see the play with the Lincoln’s. When John Wilkes Booth shot the president, Clara’s fiance’, Henry was the first line of defense after John Wilkes Booth attacked. Henry jumped to attack Booth, but Booth used his knife to slash Henry’s left arm open from elbow to shoulder. Henry Rathbone was also hurt, but he tried another attempt to stop Booth, but ignored. John Wilkes Booth jumped off the box and made an easy escape out of the back of the theatre. Then, Henry collapsed to the ground, weak from all the blood-loss, and Clara and Mary Todd Lincoln began to scream. In the theatre, the audience was alerted by the noise John Wilkes Booth was making while escaping. Clara was quite covered in Henry Rathbone’s blood, while she was trying to stop the blood with her handkerchief. Mary Todd Lincoln was broken-hearted and she accidentally mistook Henry’s blood for Abraham Lincoln’s. The screaming from the box spread throughout the theatre and the doctors in the house were located and rushed to the president. President Lincoln was moved to a house across the street from the theatre. Abraham Lincoln then died the next day at 7:22 am on April 15, 1865, he was surrounded by loved ones and well-known citizens, including Clara.
Stephen Oates has, for some time now, tried to show the world that the assassination theories that have propped up since the death of Lincoln are all false. The absurd theory that Secretary of War Edwin M. Stanton was the ringleader of a plot amongst the advanced republicans to murder the president is by far the most publicized. The reason for his severe dislike for such sensational stories is because there is no
One shot fired and the whole country becomes paralyzed. April 14, 1865 President Abraham Lincoln was assassinated at Ford’s Theatre. Lincoln was shot by John Wilkes Booth and became paralyzed after the shot. At the time Lincoln was sitting with his wife in the presidential box at the theatre when the shot rang out hitting Lincoln in the side of his head. The unjust assassination of President Lincoln being shot in the head caused distress leading to delayed plans of reconstruction, all of which was caused by the belief of one confederate sympathizer.