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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.
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.