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William GhauHIS 200: Applied HistorySouthern New Hampshire UniversityNovember 26th, 2017Final Writing Plan The historical event that I have chosen to write on is the Assassination of Abraham Lincoln. The place of this incident was on the evening of April 14th, 1865 at Ford’s Theatre in Washington, D.C. This horrific incident took place five days after Confederate General Robert E.Lee had surrendered his army at in Virginia that ended the American Civil War. Lincoln’s assassin was John Wilkes Booth, a native born actor from Maryland. Booth had gathered six associates and originally planned to kidnap Abraham Lincoln on March 20, 1865 but the attempt failed. After the original plan had failed, Booth and his conspirators regrouped and later gotten word that Lincoln was going to attend Laura Keene’s performance at Ford’s Theatre. Booth then came up with another plan that was even crueler than just kidnapping. Booth and his conspiratorsplotted to kill not only Abraham Lincoln but also Vice President Andrew Johnson and Secretary of State William H. Seward and his two successors at the same time. They thought this would definitely demolish the U.S government once and for all. Lincoln was the only one who died thatnight whilst the others survived. Lincoln was in a presidential box above the stage. Accompaniedhim was the first lady Marry Todd Lincoln, an army officer Henry Rathbone and his fiancé, ClaraHarris and the daughter of New York Senator Ira Harris. Booth entered the presidential box at 10:15pm firing a single-shot in the back of Lincoln’s head and as well as stabbing Rathbone when he rushed at him. Booth broke his leg but managed to escape on a horseback and was later
treated by Samuel Mudd. Samuel Mudd was later sentenced to life in prison. Lincoln’s body was transported to Springfield, Illinois, where he had lived in the past before becoming the President. There was a massive man hunt for John Wilkes Booth with 10,000 federal troops, detectives and police tracking down the Lincoln’s assassin. Booth and David Herold were trapped in a Virginia farm house with everyone outside waiting for them. Herold surrendered but Booth stayed inside. Booth’s later died due to being shot to the neck. Lastly, four of Booth’s co-conspirators were later convicted and died by hanging them on July 7, 1865. This also included David Herold and Mary Surratt, who was the first woman that was put the death by the federal government. This