April 14th 1865 was the day that Abraham Lincoln was shot by John Wilkes Booth at Fords Theater in Washinton D.C. This was one of the most interesting places that I have ever had the pleasure of visiting. I was a chaperone with my granddaughter Courtney Segroves Winfrey's 4th grade class on a field trip to Washington in 1996. There is a neat museum in the basement which display's Booth's derringer. It also has the clothes that were cut off of Lincoln after he was shot. The pillow which rested under Lincoln's head at the Peterson House. This is where Lincoln was carried to across the street and still has blood stains on it. The door to Lincoln's box that Booth drilled a hole through in order to be able to see him before he entered and many other artifacts.
Much has been written about the Lincoln assassination and I don't know that I can add all that much. The only thing I will say is that Lincoln was the best friend that the South had.The South quickly realized this upon the news of his death. There was no celebration. Lincoln was a political genius and would have, in my view, been able to pull off a successful reconstruction of the South. His original plan was to allow those Southern states that ratified the Fourteenth Amendment to re-enter the Union. If ten percent of the voters of the former rebellious states signed loyalty oaths then they could apply for readmission . Lincoln had many enemies among the radical Republicans who wanted the South to suffer and they felt that Lincoln was going too easy on the South. The death of Lincoln caused these Republicans to stiffen their resolve. Eventually 5 military districts were established and Union troops occupied most of the South until 1877. This caused much resistance and also helped spur the growth of the Ku-Klux Klan and Southern reactionism. Lincoln probably could have avoided this.
|John Wilkes Bnooth|
|Dr. Charles Leale|
|Door to Lincoln's Box With Hole That Was Drilled By Booth|
|Skull Fragments From Lincoln's Head|
|Lincoln Dying At The Peterson House|
|Death Bed From The Peterson House|
|Items In Lincoln's Pockets|
|Lincoln on public display during the mourning period|
|Four Of the Conspirators Preparing To Hang|