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Assassination of President Lincoln

Assassination of President Lincoln
Unidentified Artist
H. H. Lloyd & Company
Clara Harris Rathbone, c. 1830 - 1894
Major Henry Riggs Rathbone, 1837 - 1911
Mary Ann Todd Lincoln, 13 Dec 1818 - 16 Jul 1882
Abraham Lincoln, 12 Feb 1809 - 15 Apr 1865
John Wilkes Booth, 26 Aug 1838 - 26 Apr 1865
c. 1865
Lithograph on paper
Image: 20 x 31cm (7 7/8 x 12 3/16")
Sheet: 25.6 x 34.5cm (10 1/16 x 13 9/16")
Mat (horizontal): 35.6 x 45.7cm (14 x 18")
Credit Line
National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution
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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.
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National Portrait Gallery
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