Assassination Of Abraham Lincoln Research Paper

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JOHN WILKES BOOTH Did you know that the assassin of Abraham Lincoln was a famous actor? John Wilkes Booth, the assassin of Lincoln, was a famous actor of his time (Simkin). His hatred of the Union destroyed his acting career and his life. He was born in Bel Air, Maryland, on May 10th, 1838 into a big family that was supported by a famous actor. His father was a Famous actor-Junius Brutus Booth. He was the ninth of ten children, and unlike everyone else in his family, he was a strong supporter of slavery. He followed in his father’s footsteps, kind of, and made his acting debut at the age of 17 in Baltimore. (Simkin) He did not join the Confederate Armey in the outbreak of the Civil War. In 1859, though, he joined the Virginia Militia and was took part in the capturing of John Brown at Harper’s Ferry. He was a secret agent for the Confederates. He smuggled medical and all kinds of other necessary supplies to the Confederate government, hospitals, and army. His acting was a perfect cover up for these missions.…show more content…
He created a plan to kidnap Lincoln in 1864 where Lincoln was going to see a play in Washington. That plan failed when Lincoln decided to cancel his visit to the play. On April of 1865, 2 days after Robert E. Lee surrendered to Ulysses S. Grant, Booth attended a public meeting where Lincoln proclaimed that he was going in at full force to put an end to slavery. Booth was furious and reassembled most of the crew that was going to kidnap Lincoln to kill Lincoln, vice president Andrew Johnson, and the secretary of state, William Seward (Simkin). All assassinations were to take place at exactly 10:15 P.M. on April 14,

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