Booth - Snapshot - SNAPSHOT ASSESSMENT INTERACTION OF IDEAS CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RI.3 LAST DIARY ENTRY OF JOHN WILKES BOOTH by John Wilkes Booth 1865

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SNAPSHOT ASSESSMENT: INTERACTION OF IDEAS CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RI.3 LAST DIARY ENTRY OF JOHN WILKES BOOTH , by John Wilkes Booth 1865 Until today nothing was ever thought of sacrificing to our country’s wrongs. For six months we 1 had worked to capture, but our cause being almost lost, something decisive and great must be done. But its failure was owing to others, who did not strike for their country with a heart. I struck boldly, and not as the papers say. I walked with a firm step through a thousand of his friends, was stopped, but pushed on. A colonel was at his side. I shouted Sic semper 2 before I fired. In jumping broke my leg. I passed all his pickets, rode sixty miles that night with the bone of my leg tearing the flesh at every jump. I can never repent it, though we hated to kill. Our country owed all her troubles to him, and God simply made me the instrument of his punishment. The country is not what it was. This forced Union is not what I have loved. I care not what becomes of me. I have no desire to outlive my country. The night before the deed I wrote a long article and left it for one of the editors of the National Intelligencer , in which I fully set forth our reasons for our proceedings. He or the govmt. After being hunted like a dog through swamps, woods, and last night being chased by gunboats till I was forced to return wet, cold, and starving, with every man’s hand against me, I am here in despair. And why? For doing what Brutus 3 was honored for. What made Tell 4 a hero? And yet I, for striking down a greater tyrant than they ever knew, am

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