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Luu 1John LuuProfessor WyndhamHistory 1025/14/15Abraham Lincoln Assassination Abraham Lincoln was the sixteenth President of the United States during the tough times of the Civil War, who was assassinated on April 14, 1865. When he died it was one of themajor events of America history and also the American Civil War. Lincoln was killed by John Wilkes Booth, when attending the performance of “Our American Cousin” (Source 1) at the Ford’s Theater with his wife and two guests. John Booth, a Confederate sympathizer, planned to kill the President, Secretary of State (William H. Seward), and the Vice President (Andrew Johnson) with the help of Lewis Powell and George Atzerodt. There plans were to bring chaos and to overthrow the Federal government. However, Lincoln was the only one that got killed; the rest of the plans failed because Seward got wounded only and Atzerodt fled the city.The original plan that Booth had in mind was to kidnap the President and hold him hostage to get what he wanted. Booth wanted the exchange of prisoners of war because UlyssesS. Grant had ended this policy. The plan changed to murder to create confusion and overthrow the government. Booth was able to find out where the President and General Grant were going to be, so he attending the theater to killed Lincoln. It was easy for Booth to killed Lincoln at that theater from experienced of several performances there. He made his way up where the Lincoln was sitting and shot him in the back of his head with a .44-caliber single-shot derringer.Then he grabs his knife and stabbed Henry Rathbone because Henry tries to stop Luu 2
him. After he stabbed Henry, Booth jump off the box where Lincoln was sitting at and went to the stage and shouted, “Sic semper tyrannis!” (Thus ever to tyrants!”-the Virginia state motto)