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Abraham Lincoln was assassinated by John Wilkes Booth on April 14, 1865 at Ford's Theatre. Lincoln and his wife- Mary Todd Lincoln was attending a play at the theatre. He was the first American President to ever be assassinated.

Booth snuck up to President Lincoln's private booth in the balcony during the play and shot Lincoln in the head with a 0.44 caliber Derringer. The play was already taking place. Lincoln had only one guard there with him that night; Major Henry Rathborn,  and despite his best efforts to subdue the him, Booth was able to escape. He jumped from the balcony to the stage and ran off. Federal agents searched for Booth for 12 days and he was finally captured and killed in Virginia.

After being shot, President Lincoln was taken to the Petersen House, located across the street. He slipped into a coma and never regained consciousness. He was pronounced dead nine hours later.

parkerlee eNotes educator| Certified Educator

Lincoln was watching the play "Our American Cousin" at Ford's Theatre in New York City (in the company of his wife and a younger couple) when he was fatally shot. He was severely injured and died nine hours after the shooting on April 15, 1865.

General Grant and his wife had planned on accomanying Lincoln and his wife but cancelled their plans. Lincoln's friend Rathbone grappled with Booth after Booth's shooting, was stabbed in the arm, but managed to hold Booth against the railing. Booth then fell from the balcony and, fracturing a leg in the struggle, screamed out an epithet in Latin meaning "As always to tyrants!" ("Sic Semper Tyrannus!") before taking flight.

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