The Man Inside The Tobacco Barn

1482 Words Dec 18th, 2014 6 Pages
In April of 1865, Abraham Lincoln, the sixteenth president of the United States, was assassinated at Ford’s Theater in Washington, DC. His assassin was John Wilkes Booth, who was a very famous actor at the time. Less than two weeks after he committed the horrible deed, Booth was cornered by the Sixteenth New York Cavalry in a tobacco barn in Virginia. John Wilkes Booth refused to surrender, so the forces responded by setting the barn ablaze. Although the Cavalry wanted to keep Booth alive, Sergeant Boston Corbett defied orders and shot Booth in the neck. The gunshot proved to be fatal and Booth died a few hours later. The body of Booth was identified by Dr. John Frederick May, who examined the body in Washington, DC. He may have believed that he was correct in his identification, but he was wrong. The gunshot fired by the Sixteenth New York Cavalry was believed to have killed John Wilkes Booth, however there is evidence to prove that the man inside the tobacco barn was not actually Booth. The evidence that proposes that Booth’s messenger was killed instead of Booth himself, that Booth committed suicide in Oklahoma years later, and that Edwin Stanton helped Booth to escape from the forces and therefore could not have been in the tobacco barn prove that the Cavalry did not kill Booth and instead killed the wrong man.
The man that was killed in the tobacco barn was actually a messenger of John Wilkes Booth. Booth broke his leg while fleeing from Ford’s Theater the…
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