National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution
On the night of April 14, 1865, Abraham Lincoln was attending the play Our American Cousin at Ford's Theatre in Washington, D.C. 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.