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On April 14, 1865, actor John Wilkes Booth assassinated President Abraham Lincoln while he was watching Our American Cousin at Ford Theater in Washington, D.C.
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After becoming tired with acting, Booth's confederate sympathies took over and he gathered together a group of individuals to plot to kidnap Abraham Lincoln.
On April 14th, 1865, John Wilkes Booth made his way to Ford's Theater to change the course of America's future forever.
After witnessing the execution of John Brown, John Wilkes Booth began to feel a strong sense of loyalty to the Southern cause and from that moment on his life would change forever.
After killing President Lincoln, Booth spent 12 days on the run from authorities before meeting his untimely demise.
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Booth next jumped off the stage, breaking his leg in the process, but managed to make it to his get-away horse before anyone in the shocked crowd could stop him.
After crossing the Potomac River with some difficulty, Booth and his co-conspirators arrived at Richard G. Garret's farm in Port Royal, Virginia. Investigators were in hot pursuit and on April 26, 1865, caught up to the criminals, who had been hiding in Garret's barn. Booth was shot by the investigators, and when he still refused to surrender, they set the barn on fire. Booth crawled out, badly burned, and died soon after.
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