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The Civil War and Reconstruction Lincoln’s leadership and end of slavery Three weeks later, two days after Lee's surrender, Lincoln delivered his last public  address, in which he unfolded a generous reconstruction policy.  On April 14, 1865, the  president held what was to be his last Cabinet meeting. That evening – with his wife and  a young couple who were his guests – he attended a performance at Ford's Theater.  There, as he sat in the presidential box, he was assassinated by John Wilkes Booth, a  Virginia actor embittered by the South's defeat.  Booth was killed in a shootout some  days later in a barn in the Virginia countryside. His accomplices were captured and later  executed. Lincoln died in a downstairs bedroom of a house across the street from Ford's Theater  on the morning of April 15. Poet James Russell Lowell wrote:
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