Effect of The Lincoln Assassination
America has gone through many hard times since the day it first became a nation. Its ability to adapt is what allowed it to survive and prosper into the great county it is today. Throughout its history as a nation the U.S has been able to bring something good from the worse situations. One of the greatest good that came from perhaps one of the greatest tragedies is the creation of the secret service after the assassination of Abraham Lincoln by John Wilkes Booth. The conspiracy behind this assassination was so great that it set the precedent for the future of presidential security and changed the nation forever.
On April 3, 1865 Union general Grant captured Richmond Virginia from Robert E. Lee which “signaled the final collapse of the Southern fortunes” (Rhodelhamel 14). On April ninth Lee official surrendered to Grant at the house of Wilmer McLean in the village of Appomattox Courthouse. Unknown to the rest of the world this event what now set of a chain of events that would shape a new nation. When Booth learned of General Lee’s surrender and the end of the Confederacy, it sent him off the deep end. When Booth found out that Lincoln and Grant would be attending a play at Ford’s Theatre. The time was now to kill the president and as a bonus General Grant. Booth “hurried to reassemble what remained of his gang and give them their new assignments. Together they would change history. In a single evening’s bloodletting Booth intended to decapitate the government of the United States” (Rhodelhamel 15).
Booth’s plan, to anyone who didn’t know about it, seemed full proof. One of his accomplices name George Atzerodt was assigned to kill Vice President Andrew Johnson who was currently staying at a nearby hotel. While this was occurring had his two other co –conspirators he was able to round up, Lewis Powell and David Harold, go and attempt to kill Secretary of State Seward in his home, where he was recovering from a injury....