WRITING PLAN2The Assassination of President Abraham LincolnIn March of 1865, President Abraham Lincoln, just finished delivering his second inaugural address. On the fourth year, the country was still raging with the Civil War. Our country was divided, but President Lincoln brought the hopes of a nation united. The President brought hope to the country through the Emancipation Proclamation, the Gettysburg address, andthe start of Reconstruction. The mood of the Union was bright. The approval of President Lincoln was high throughout the Union. President Lincoln was said to be a noble, honest and humble man, who grew up in a common home. These attributes contributed to his success and notoriety. Success and notoriety can bring about jealousy and adversity. Therefore, President Lincoln was no stranger to assassination attempts. He received several threats while in office. On Friday April 14, 1865, Abraham Lincoln and his wife Mary, had plans to attend a play along with General Grant and his wife, at Ford’s Theater in Washington D.C. The Grant’s cancelled, so Lincoln invited Army Officer, Henry Rathbone, along with his girlfriend Clara Harris. Upon arrival to the theater, the play stopped, and “Hail to the Chief, “was sung as Lincoln made his way to the state box. President Lincoln, Mary, Maj. Henry Rathbone and his girlfriend Clara Harris, all arrived late, it was around 8:30p.m. Meanwhile, as they were enjoying the play, Booth entered the theater. He gained access to the exclusive box overlooking the stage where President Lincoln and company were seated, pulled out his derringer, aimed it at President Lincoln, and fired! The bullet went through Lincoln’s left ear and entrenched itself behind his eye. Rathbone immediately charged at Booth trying to kill him, but instead Booth severed Rathbone’s arm with a knife and fled, jumping from the balcony. Booth broke his leg when he jumped from the balcony, but that didn’t stop him. He successfully made it out of the
WRITING PLAN3theatre and escaped on his horse. Meanwhile, a doctor in the audience went to the immediate aidof Lincoln, transferring him to a house across the street, trying to revive him with no success. Although many scholars of the Assassination of President Lincoln have argued that the President’s assassin was a mad man without cause, further research shows the murder of President Lincoln by John Wilkes Booth was a premeditation spurred from conflicts with Booth’s troubled youth and ideological views of the politics of a nation during a civil war.