Assassination of Abraham Lincoln

Barbara J. Feldman

As the Civil War was winding down, President Abraham Lincoln went to the theater to watch a comedy with his wife, Mary Todd Lincoln. The date was April 14, 1865. A well-known stage actor, John Wilkes Booth, entered the President’s unguarded box at the Ford Theater, and shot him in the back of the head. President Lincoln died the next day. He was the first American president to be assassinated.