this is a timeline of events that occurred before, during and after Lincoln was assassinated.
Created by jpace425 on Feb 28, 2011
Last updated: 03/01/11 at 08:34 PM
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Four of the eight conspirators were executed on this date. They were hanged.
The Sixteenth New York Cavalry, tipped off by Willie Jett, approached the Garrett farm and surrounded the barn where Booth and Herold were hiding. Herold gave himself up, but Booth was going to continue his performance inside the barn by not surrendering. The cavalry started the barn on fire, but that did not flush Booth out. Finally, one of the cavalrymen, Boston Corbett, stuck his revolver through a slit in the barn's wall, and shot Booth.
Finally, after laying low in Maryland and also taking a wrong turn on the Potomac River, Booth and Herold reach Virginia, nine days after the assassination pf President Lincoln. Once arriving in Virginia, they were able to make contact with sympathetic Confederates who provided them with food and horses.
With the help of Captain Samuel Cox, Booth and Herold hide out in a pine thicket southwest of Bryantown, MD. Cox enlisted his friend, Thomas Jones, to help them cross the Potomac to the Confederate state of Virginia. Booth and Herold spent 4 nights in the pine thicket waiting for the opportunity to cross the Potomac.
After riding on horseback half the night, John Wilkes Booth and David Herold reached the home of Dr. Samuel Mudd, a man who was involved in the earlier plan to kidnap President Lincoln.
President Lincoln and his wife attended Our American Cousin at Ford's Theatre on April 14, 1865.
After shooting President Abraham Lincoln in the head, John Wilkes Booth jumped from the president's box to the stage, holding the bloody knife he had just used to try to stab Major Henry Rathbone with in his hand. He exclaimed, "Sic semper tyrannis!" (Thus always to tyrants).
Richmond, Virginia, the capital city of the Confederate States of America, fell to the Union forces on this date. People across the country celebrated.