April 15, 1865–Abraham Lincoln is Shot

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Written by Matthew Mendez, Journalist

April 15, 1865 C.E.

7:22 AM. Abraham Lincoln, the Great Emancipator, takes his last breath as his time-worn visage relaxes into a peaceful smile. The assembly of statesmen and military officials surrounding the president kneel in prayer, tears running down their pale cheeks. “Now…” Lincoln’s Secretary of War, Edwin M. Stanton, utters, “…he belongs to the ages.”

A major supporter of the Confederate cause, Lincoln’s assassin, John Wilkes Booth, had attempted on multiple occasions to kidnap or assassinate the president. Booth’s final attempt to assassinate the president culminated in a larger conspiracy to reinvigorate the Confederate cause by killing top Union officials, such as Secretary of State William H. Seward and Vice President Andrew Johnson. However, Booth was the only member of the assassination conspiracy to murder his target. John Wilkes Booth was eventually hunted down by U.S. forces, with the murderer meeting his end at the hands of Sargent Boston Corbett at Garrett’s Farm in Virginia.