April 14, 1865: President Lincoln is Assassinated
On this day in 1865, President Abraham Lincoln was fatally shot by John Wilkes Booth while attending a play at the Ford’s Theatre. Booth planned the assassination and hoped to spark support for the Confederates. This occurred days after the end of the Civil War, where the Confederate Army surrendered at Appomattox Court House, Virginia.
President Lincoln entered into a coma, but unfortunately passed away the next day. On April 20th, a funeral was held for President Lincoln at the White House. Two days later, Lincoln’s funeral train departed from Washington, D.C. where it traveled around the U.S. for twelve days giving Americans an opportunity to mourn the loss of one of America’s greatest presidents.
Learn more about the moments building up to Lincoln’s assassination and the events following it with American Experience’s timeline.
Image: Abraham Lincoln half-portrait, Box in which Lincoln was assassinated (Library of Congress)