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Chasing Lincoln's Killer
Transcript of Chasing Lincoln's Killer
Book Report Project 3
By: Julia Pluhar
#1: Pg. 9: On April 9, 1865 at the Appomattox Court House in Virginia, General Robert E. Lee and his Army of Northern Virginia surrendered.
#2: Pg. 9-10: On April 10, 1865, Abraham Lincoln gave a speech proposing to give African Americans the right to vote.
#3: Pg. 10: John Wilkes Booth was the son of the legendary actor by the name of Junius Brutus Booth.
#4: Pg. 10-11: Abraham Lincoln, Mary Todd Lincoln, and General Robert E. Lee were going to see the play "Our American Cousin" at the Ford's Theatre.
#5: Pg. 16-17: John WIlkes Booth shot Abraham Lincoln with a .44 caliber that only had space for one bullet.
#6: Pg. 20: Booth had also brought a Rio Grande camp knife just in case he misfired the bullet from his gun.
#7: Pg. 20: The night Booth was going to murder Lincoln, he wore a black felt slouch hat, a black wool coat, black pants, and big knee- high black leather boots with spurs.
#8: Pg. 22: Booth decided to have a meeting at the Herndon House Hotel at around 8:00 P.M. with some of the conspirators who wanted to strike against Lincoln.
#9: Pg. 22: At the beginning of 1864, John Wilkes Booth had pledged his money, his fame, and his connections in creating a bold plan.
#10: Pg. 23: Booth created a group of conspirators against Lincoln in late 1864 and early 1865.
#11: Pg. 24: Some people in the "gang" were Lewis Powell, David Herold, John Harrison Surratt, George Atzerodt, Samuel Arnold, and Michael O'Laughlen.
#12: Pg. 24: Booth had planned to kidnap President Lincoln on March 17, 1865, but it hadn't worked out because Lincoln was giving a speech at the hotel Booth was staying at.
#13: Pg. 26: Lincoln's speech that was spoken on April 11 provoked more violent talk, and the president's proposal for limited African American citizenship and rights for voting enraged Booth.
#14: Pg. 26-27: Booth and his gang decided to kill the Union's top leaders for the government at 10:00 P.M. hoping that it would incite the Confederacy to continue the war against the Union.
#15: Pg. 27: Booth, Atzerodt, and Powell would murder Vice President Johnson, President Lincoln, and Secretary of State Seward.
#16: Pg. 27: Atzerodt's mission was to kill the vice president at the Kirkwood House in his room.
#17: Pg. 27: Powell's mission was to murder Secretary of State Seward who was sure to be in his room at this time of night because of the awful carriage accident he had experienced lately.
#18: Pg. 27: Booth was going to murder President Lincoln while he was watching the play.
#19: Pg. 27: Booth threatened Atzerodt to kill Johnson or else he would rat him out and get him hung.
#20: Pg. 27-28: Booth had already ratted his henchmans out by writing a letter about the triple assassination that was going to be printed in the next day's paper.
MLA For Book
Swanson, James L. Chasing Lincoln's Killer. New York: Scholastic, 2009. Print