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John Wilkes Booth shoots President Lincoln during the play "Our American Cousin" at Ford’s Theatre

Ford's Theater, Washington D.C.
04/14/1865
Abraham Lincoln became the first American president assassinated in office.  As part of a wider plot to cripple the United States government at this crucial moment, John Wilkes Booth shot President Lincoln through the head from behind during a performance of "Our American Cousin" in Ford’s Theatre in the capital. Mortally wounded, Lincoln died a few hours later in a house across the street from the theater.  (By John Osborne)
Source Citation: 
Michael Burlingame, Abraham Lincoln: A Life (Baltimore: The John Hopkins University Press, 2008), 2: 816-817.
Thomas Goodrich, The Darkest Dawn: Lincoln, Booth, and the Great American Tragedy (Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 2005), 95-103.

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