Abe Lincoln History

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Lincoln Assassination Artifacts

We all know the story of President Lincoln's assassination at the hands of John Wilkes Booth at the Ford's Theatre on April 14, 1865 while watching the play Our American Cousin.
What you may not know is the Ford's Theatre is where you can go to celebrate the life and legacy of Abraham Lincoln. Ford’s Theatre is the premier destination in Washington, D.C., to explore and celebrate Lincoln’s ideals and leadership principles: courage, integrity, tolerance, equality and creative expression.

The site of the April 14, 1865, assassination of President Lincoln, Ford's Theatre holds a unique place in United States history. The theatre has enthralled millions of visitors since its reopening in 1968, and it is one of the most visited sites in the nation's capital. Below I have listed some Ford's Theatre Museum Artifacts from President Abraham Lincoln's assassination such as the gun that killed President Abraham Lincoln for you to view.

Ford's Theatre Museum Artifacts

John Wilkes Booth's boot that was cut by Dr. Samuel Mudd to remove his swollen ankle.

Photo by Carol M. Highsmith

Playbill from the performance of Our American Cousin, the play attended by Lincoln on the night of the assassination.

The deringer pistol used by John Wilkes Booth on the night of April 14th, 1865. This was the gun that killed Abraham Lincoln.

Photo by Carol M. Highsmith

John Wilkes Booth's diary in which he inscribed his deepest emotions and justifies Lincoln's assassination.

Photo by Carol M. Highsmith

Made to raise money for the Sanitary Commission, this quilt contains the signatures of 56 politicians, Northern generals and other public figures of the Civil War period.

Whistle carried by John Wilkes Booth during his flight through Maryland and Virginia. Signal whistles were used as a means of communication across distances at that time.

Photo by Carol M. Highsmith

Brass knuckles carried by one of Lincoln's bodyguards during his train ride through Baltimore on his way to Washington for his inauguration.
Abe Lincoln History