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Assassination of Lincoln
Transcript of Assassination of Lincoln
Date: April 14, 1865
Place: Ford's theater
People Who Were Around: Mary Todd Lincoln, Major Henery Rathbone, Clara Harris
Feburary 12, 1809-April 15, 1865 Lincoln died around 7:22 A.M. at the Peterson Boarding House across the street from Ford's Theatre. Lincoln had not been uniformly popular in the North during his presidency. Peace Democrats thought he was waging an unnecessary war and Radical Republicans felt he was too moderate. The gun that was used to shoot Lincoln was a Philadelphia Deringer which was named after the american gunsmith Henery Deringer. John Wilkes Booth was a famous actor that assassinated Lincoln. John Wilkes Booth was a very famous actor.
He started acting when he was just 17. Even though
the audience hissed at the inexperienced when he missed lines,
he still continued acting and as he got better he became
well knowed. Lincoln's killers were narrowed down to
eight prisoners, seven men and one women.
Samuel Arnold, George Atzerodt, David Herold,
Samuel Mudd, Michael O'Laughten, Lewis Powell,
and Mary Surratt. Only half of the prisoners were hanged.
Mary Surratt, George Atzerodt, David Herold, and Lewis Powell. They were hanged July 7, 1865 at
Fort McNair in Washington, D.c. Samuel Mudd, Samuel Arnold, and Michael O'Laughlen were
sentenced to life in prison. Mudd escaped execution
by a single vote, the tribunal having voted 5-4 to hang him.
Edmurd Spangier was sentenced to improsonment for six
years. Oddly, after sentencing Mary Surratt to hang, five of the
jurors signed a letter recomending clemenry, but Johnson refused
to stop the exucution. (Johnson later claimed he never saw the
letter). O'Laughltn died in prison of yellow fever in 1867. Mudd,
Arnold, and Sprangler were pardoned in Feburary 1869 by President
Johnson. Mary Surratt was the fist women
to be hanged by the U.S. government. Samuel Mudd Samuel Arnold Edmurd Spangler Michael O'Laughlen A lot of the meeting to assassinate
President Lincoln was held in Mary Surratt's
boarding house. Wanted sign for Surratt, Booth, and Harold Booth and the rest of the men wasn't just
wanting to kill Lincoln. They wanted to
go and kill the four other people.
Vice President Andrew Johnson
Secretary of State William H. Seward
General Ulysses S. Grant Vice President Andrew Johnson General Ulysses S. Grant Lincoln was burried William H. Seward