was shot while watching the play Our American Cousin with
his wife Mary Todd Lincoln at Ford's Theatre in Washington,
D.C. Using a .44 caliber derringer pistol—a small,
easily concealed handgun—Booth fired a single shot
(timed so that that the audience’s laughter would
mask the report) into Lincoln’s brain at point-blank
range before jumping to the stage and escaping into the
night. After a two-week manhunt, Federal troops cornered
Booth in a barn in Maryland, where a Union soldier shot
him in the neck. Booth died two hours later.
Wilkes Booth Motive
On April 11, 1865, two days after Lee's army surrendered
to Grant, Booth attended a speech at the White House in
which Lincoln supported the idea of enfranchising the
former slaves. Furiously provoked, Booth decided on assassination
and is quoted as saying to Lewis Powell:
means nigger citizenship. Now, by God, I'll put him through.
That is the last speech he will ever give.”
"Our country owed all her troubles to him, and God
simply made me the instrument of his punishment"
did John Wilkes Booth say after he killed Lincoln?
President Abraham Lincoln is shot in the head at Ford's
Theatre in Washington, D.C. The assassin, actor John Wilkes
Booth, shouted, “Sic semper tyrannis! (Ever thus
to tyrants!) The South is avenged,” as he jumped
onto the stage and fled on horseback.
happened to John Wilkes Booth?
John Wilkes Booth is killed when Union soldiers track
him down to a Virginia farm 12 days after he assassinated
President Abraham Lincoln. Twenty-six-year-old Booth was
one of the most famous actors in the country when he shot
Lincoln during a performance at Ford's Theater in Washington,
D.C., on the night of April 14.
many brothers and sisters did John Wilkes Booth have?
John Wilkes Booth was born on a farm near Bel Air, Maryland,
about 25 miles from Baltimore. His birth date was May
10, 1838. He was the ninth of ten children of Junius Booth
and Mary Ann Holmes.
Wilkes Booth quotes
“This country was formed for the white not for the
black man. And looking upon African slavery from the same
stand-point, as held by those noble framers of our Constitution,
I for one, have ever considered it, one of the greatest
blessings that God ever bestowed upon a favored nation.”