Lincoln in ford's theater
After the Civil War, Lincoln was invited to go to a play, at Ford's Theater. He spent the evening with his wife, Mary, and invited General Ulysses S. Grant to attend also. Though they couldn't attend Lincoln and Mary did, they got a devastating surprise that night. John Wilkes Booth broke into where Lincoln was sitting and shot him in the back of the head, this didn't kill Lincoln immediately. Lincoln lived for at least another two hours, Mary was in complete distress. Booth jumped of the balcony where the President sat and onto the stage, which broke his leg. Then out the back stage door to his horse and rode off into the moon light. People in the audience screamed because of the shot and everything turn into a complete riot. Lincoln’s brain was swelling fast, once the doctor got there he decided the president had to much pride to die on the theaters floor. They moved Lincoln's body looking for a bed to put him in, for surgery. An Inn across the street opened it's door a room was open and on the bed is where Mary said goodbye to her husband, for the last time.
Booth had very many accomplices, he had 6 men working for him. And if anything went wrong Booth had dirt on every single one of them. All of them were sent to separate places in Richmond, Virginia; to kill different people or be a look out. Lewis Powell was sent to kill secretary of state William H. Seward, but Sewards daughter Fanny protected him and fought Powell off. Powell failed his mission, and was ultimately left behind by Booth. Though Booth thought everyone completed there mission. Booth's our accomplices were David Herold, George Atzerodt, Samuel Arnold, Michael O'Laughlen, Edman Spangler. Another Accomplice could of been Dr. Mudd, who kept booth hidden for those 12 days. Mudd also tried to heal Booth's broken leg. Lewis Powell, David Herold, and George Atzerodt were sentenced to death by hanging. Samuel Arnold, and Michael O'Laughlen were sentenced to life in prison. Edman Spangler was found guilty and sentenced to life in prison, but he was innocent of all charges.
Booth's final moments
David Herold and John Wilkes Booth, were hiding at Dr. Mudds farm. Booth was a judger of characters, and predicted that Mudd wouldn't tell the Calvary where he was. Booth's judgment was correct. The cavalry caught up to them and found out where they were staying. After Herold surrendered he was seized, taken into custody, later on hung for being an accomplice to a murderer. Booth had ran into a barn, the cavalry right behind him. Booth wanted one last performance to show the soldiers. The soldiers getting restless decided to try and burn down the barn, Booth made the decision to die in the barn rather than to face justice. Corbett, the sergeant, paced up and down the barn watching Booths every move in the blazing barn. Corbett could see Booth clearly, and put his revolver through a hole and shot. Booth fell to the floor, completely paralyzed. The sergeant had hit him perfectly in the back of the neck completely paralyzing him. They wanted him alive but only for a hanging, but were disappointed when Booth died later that evening. The curtains closed for the assassin, and that's when the 12-day manhunt for Lincoln's assassin was over.
The plan for Booth was to never get caught, that didn't happen. The plan originally was for Booth and his henchmen, to ambush Lincoln's carriage at gunpoint on a deserted road. Lincoln would be their hostage; unfortunately the plans got mixed up. While all the men laid on the road in silence, Lincoln was giving a speech at the hotel Booth was staying at. This plan failed. Another of Booths plans was to go straight into the president's office, and just shot him. His only down fall, how would he get out? The third plan, Booth would assassinate Lincoln in Ford's Theater, Lewis Powell would kill Secretary of State Seward, and Atzerodt would kill vice president Johnson. Atzerodt didn't want to do his assignment though. Booth threatened to kill Johnson himself, but blame the whole thing on Atzerodt, so he would be hung. None of the conspirators knew it, but Booth had already implicated them all. He slipped a note to a fellow actor that was to be put in the newspaper tomorrow, showing their faces, and sealing their fate. The only part that succeeded was Booth killing Lincoln. Powell failed at killing Seward; Atzerodt abandoned his mission for drinking.