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Tara DeCaro Burger HIST1510 April 30, 2019 Lincoln Assassination April 14, 1865 only five days after the Civil War had ended, President Abraham Lincoln was assassinated at Ford’s Theatre, in Washington D.C. Lincoln was at the theater, enjoying a play, as he commonly did to free his mind of the daily troubles he faced. The play was titled “Our American Cousin.” The President was accompanied by his wife, Mary Lincoln, Major Henry Reed Rathbone, and his fiancée, Clara Harris. Rathbone and Harris were the only people out of the twelve invited, that accepted the invitation. It is speculated that this is because almost no one was too fond of the idea of having to spend the whole night with Mrs. Lincoln. Even Ulysses S. Grant and his wife were able to escape the event, since they were going to visit their daughter in New Jersey. It was about eleven thirty that morning when Lincoln called to accept his invitation to the play. Mr. Ford was out of town therefore, it was his younger brother, Harry, who received the news that the president was going to attend the play. Knowing the importance of the President’s presence, Harry made sure to decorate accordingly, including placing a comfy rocking chair for Lincoln in the presidential box. It was also around this time that John Wilkes Booth, younger brother and fellow actor of the famous Edwin Booth, was at the theater picking up his mail, when he caught wind of the President’s soon-to-be visit. Everything would soon go downhill from here for Lincoln, as this marked the beginning of Booth’s diabolical plan.
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Booth began his mission by coming back to the theater, and making a hole in the door of the presidential box, so that he could later find it when the hall was dark. During this time, he also made a hole in the wall by the doors leading in to the hallway so that during the time of attack, he could jam a bar through there, preventing any help to get to the president. After setting
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