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John Wilkes BoothApril 14, 1865 shortly after 10 p.m. our beloved leader is killed. A short 5 days after the civil war ended President Lincoln was shot and killed in his presidential box in Ford’s theater. The shameless man that carried out this horrifying act goes by the name of John Wilkes Booth. He is now guilty of homicide. It was a simple but dangerous hit and run and this man was now enemy number one to everyone in this country. John Wilkes Booth was an American actor from Maryland born in 1838. As anyone could guess he was a Confederate sympathizer and so therefore he naturally disliked Lincoln and his views on how America should be run. Booth originally wasn’t going to kill Lincoln, he conspired with a group of people like him and they were actually planning on kidnapping him. Unfortunately for Lincoln though the plans had changed, now the objective: kill the president ofthe United States. It wasn’t only Lincoln that they were conspiring against, the group now decided that they not only wanted to assassinate Lincoln but also Vice President Andrew Johnson, and William H. Seward the Secretary of State at the time. They believed that these actions would aid in the Civil War effort and possibly turn the tide of war in the south’s favor. These men did not know that the war had actually ended five days earlier.John Wilkes Booth has finally had enough when he heard that Robert E. Lee had surrendered at the Appomattox Courthouse and decided to take matters into his own hands. This capture at Richmond was the straw that broke the camel's back, Booth now turned to a more direct approach and decided that he needed a more direct approach and the plan to kidnap Lincoln went out the window. It was now his personal mission to assassinate the president of the United States. His group of confederate men (4) all had a job to do Booth had to assassinate Lincoln, Powell was to assassinate the Secretary of State, Atzerodt needed to kill

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