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How Did Abraham Lincoln Die

Where did Abraham Lincoln die?  Who killed him?

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Abraham Lincoln was shot by John Wilkes Booth, an actor and Confederate sympathizer on April 14, 1865 in the Presidential box at Ford's Theater in Washington D.C. After the shooting, Lincoln was taken to a home across the street, where he died the next day.

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Abraham Lincoln was shot by John Wilkes Booth, an actor and Confederate sympathizer on April 14, 1865 in the Presidential box at Ford's Theater in Washington D.C. After the shooting, Lincoln was taken to a home across the street, where he died the next day.

Booth was later found to be hiding in a barn on Gannets Farm in Virginia, where he was killed by the militia who were in the process of arresting him. He had been unable to flee furter south due to a leg injury he had sustained at the theater while attempting ot jump onto the stage from the Presidential box.

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Abraham Lincoln died in Washington DC at Ford's Theatre. He was visiting the theater with his wife Mary, Major Henry Rathbone, and Clara Harris. He was supposed to be accompanied by General Ulysses Grant and his wife but they turned the invitation down. Lincoln was shot by John Wilkes Booth, a famous actor at that time, who along with others originally conspired to kidnap President Lincoln. Secretary of State William Seward was attacked by Lewis Powell by knife and Vice President Andrew Johnson was also a target of assasination by the conspirators.

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Fatally wounded shortly after 10 p.m. on April 15, 1865, while attending a play at Ford's Theatre in Washington, D. C., President Abraham Lincoln died a short time later at a boarding house across the street. Lincoln had arrived late for the performance of Our American Cousin, accompanied by his wife Mary and several invited guests, and the show was halted temporarily as they were escorted to the presidential box. Lincoln was greeted by applause from the audience before being seated in a rocking chair. Shortly thereafter, John Wilkes Booth entered through the back of Ford's about 9 p.m., and the well-known actor made his way backstage to a hallway adjacent to the presidential box. Lincoln's bodyguard had departed during intermission, leaving Booth a clear path to his intended target. Waiting for an opportune moment, Booth entered the rear of the presidential box and fired one shot into Lincoln's head. Lincoln fell forward and was soon supported by his wife. Booth made his escape by jumping to the stage below, where he fractured his fibula before fleeing from the theatre. Meanwhile, several doctors in attendance rushed to Lincoln's assistance. Though the President was still breathing, it was determined that the wound was mortal. He was borne across the street and into a first-floor bedroom at Petersen's Boarding House. Family and cabinet members arrived to hold vigil, but little could be done for the fallen President. Lincoln survived through the night, dying shortly after 7 a.m. 

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Abraham Lincoln was killed by a disgruntled Confederate spy/actor named John Wilkes Booth.  Booth shot Lincoln while he was watching a play at Ford's Theatre in D.C. a few days after the South surrendered at Appomattox Courthouse in Virginia.  Lincoln was taken across the street to Peterson House where he died about nine hours later. 

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President Lincoln was shot in Ford's Theater while attending the play "Our American Cousin." He was shot by John Wilkes Booth, a Confederate soldier and sympathizer. There were three doctors in the theater, Charles Leale, Charles Taft, and Albert King. These men attended to the President and it was decided  to move the President across the street to William Petersen's Boarding House, as it was thought too dangerous to travel back to The White House. Other doctors were notified, including Lincoln's personal physican Dr. Robert Stone, who also sat with him in the room at the boarding house. The written account included such information as Lincoln's level of awareness, the hysteria of his wife, the opinions of the doctors, and a mention that his body had to be placed on an angle, as he was too tall for the bed. The wound was mortal and as a result all anyone could do was to keep the President as comfortable as possible. On the morning of April 15th,1865, less than one week after the Civil War ended the President died in William Petersen's Boarding House. He was 56 years old.

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“Abraham Lincoln was shot on the evening of April 14, 1865, as he sat in the presidential box at Ford's Theatre in Washington, D.C., watching a performance of the play Our American Cousin. The assassin was actor John Wilkes Booth. After shooting Lincoln, Booth jumped onto the stage, falling and breaking a leg. Wilkes limped away, calling out, "Sic semper tyrannis" (a Latin phrase meaning "Thus always to tyrants").”  President Lincoln lived through the night, attended by his family. He died shortly after 7:00 A.M. on April 15 at the White House. A few weeks later a search party found Booth in a Virginia barn, where he was fatally shot and killed.

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