The Assassination of President Abraham Lincoln By: F. Scott Hill
John Wilkes Booth’s original plot to kidnap President Lincoln turned into an assassination. At approximately 10:15 p.m. on April 14th, 1865, the 16th President of the United States, Abraham Lincoln, was shot in the back of the head while attending a play at Ford’s Theater in Washington, District of Columbia. “At 7:22 the following morning… [he] took his last breath. (2)”
Booth began to develop his kidnapping plot in the late summer of 1864. The plan was to take the President to Richmond, Virginia (the Confederate capital), and hold him in return for Confederate prisoners of the Civil War. An attempt was made on March 17, 1865, but failed when the President changed his plans.
On April 9, 1865, General Robert E. Lee surrendered to General Ulysses S. Grant at Appomattox. Two days later Lincoln spoke from the White House to a crowd gathered outside. Booth was present as Lincoln suggested in his speech that voting rights be granted to certain blacks. Booth was infuriated. He decided that his kidnapping plan no longer made sense; the President would have to be assassinated.