Assassination of President Lincoln
Assassination of President Lincoln, 1865, Hand-colored lithograph on paper by Currier & Ives Lithography Company
On the night of April 14, 1865, Lincoln was attending the play Our American Cousin at Ford's Theatre, accompanied by his wife and their guests, Major Henry R. Rathbone and his fiancée, Clara Harris. That evening the guard assigned to the president abandoned his post, and as a result, John Wilkes Booth found it easy to enter Lincoln's private box and shoot him. As Booth leapt out of the box to the stage about twelve feet below, he caught the spur of his boot on a draped American flag and broke his leg when he landed. Nevertheless, he escaped. Union soldiers cornered him twelve days later in a barn in Caroline County, Virginia, where he died of a bullet wound.
Major Henry Riggs Rathbone, Mrs. Clara Harris Rathbone, Mary Ann Todd Lincoln, Abraham Lincoln, John Wilkes Booth