The Gun That Killed Abraham Lincoln

The assassination of President Abraham Lincoln was once of the most significant events in the history of the United States. It was the first assassination of an American president, and it resulted in great mourning throughout the nation. This tragic event continues to draw immense interest and speculation today, and many mysteries that surround it remain unsolved.Booth was a Confederacy supporter. After the main Confederate army surrendered to the Union forces, he felt a strong need to do something to inspire the Confederate troops to mount a resurgence. He made up his mind to assassinate Lincoln after he heard the president talk about giving voting rights to former slaves. On the day of the assassination, he came to know that Lincoln would be attending a play at the Ford’s Theatre that night. He made arrangements with the owner of a boarding house, Mary Surratt, to have his guns and ammunition ready for pickup at a tavern. Booth intended to shoot the president with a single-shot derringer and stab General Ulysses Grant with a knife, and he also assigned his fellow conspirators to kill Vice President Andrew Johnson as well as Secretary of State William Steward. They would strike simultaneously after 10:00 p.m.General Grant decided not to attend the play, and President Lincoln was accompanied by Major Henry Rathbone instead. The president arrived late, and he was seated in the Presidential Box. A policeman called John Frederick Parker was supposed to guard the Presidential Box, but he went to a tavern during the intermission and never returned in time to stop the assassination. Booth waited for the perfect moment to strike, when the lead actor would be alone on the stage and there would be enough noise from the audience to muffle a gunshot. When that moment arrived, he quickly entered the Presidential Box and fired the gun at the back of Lincoln’s head. The president was mortally wounded, and he slumped over in his chair. Major Rathbone tried to stop Booth from escaping, but he was stabbed in the arm.After the assassination, many people who were suspected of being accomplices were arrested. Booth’s main conspirators, David Herold, George Atzerodt, and Lewis Powell, as well as Mary Surratt were executed by hanging. Three other people who were involved in the conspiracy, Samuel Arnold, Samuel Mudd, and Michael O’Laughlen, were sentenced to life imprisonment, while others were imprisoned and released. The Lincoln assassination trial lasted for seven weeks.The assassination of President Abraham Lincoln devastated the nation. In some cities, his supporters attacked those who expressed support for the assassination. President Lincoln’s funeral procession was attended by millions of Americans, and the transportation of his body to Springfield, Illinois was viewed by millions more.Here are links to more information about the assassination of President Lincoln: