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Assassination of Abraham LincolnJohn Wilkes Booth born May 10 1838 was an actor who performed throughout the country in many plays He was the lead in some of William Shakespeares most famous works He was also a racist and Southern sympathizer during the Civil War He hated Abraham Lincoln who represented everything Booth was against Booth blamed Lincoln for all the Souths problems He wanted revenge In late summer of 1864 Booth began developing plans to kidnap Lincoln take him to Richmond and hold him in return for Confederate prisoners of war By January 1865 Booth had organized a group that included Samuel Arnold Michael OLaughlin John Surratt Lewis Powell George Atzerodt and David Herold Booth also met with Dr Samuel Mudd both in Maryland and Washington and he began using Mary Surratts boardinghouse to meet with his group On March 17 1865 the group planned to capture Lincoln who was scheduled to attend a play at a hospital located on the outskirts of Washington However the President changed plans and remained in the capital Booths plot to kidnap Lincoln failedOn April 9 1865 General Robert E Lee surrendered to General Ulysses S Grant at Appomattox Two days later Lincoln spoke from the White House to a crowd gathered outside Booth was present as Lincoln suggested in his speech that voting rights be granted to certain blacks Infuriated Booths plans now turned in the direction of assassination On the morning of Friday April 14 Booth dropped by Fords Theatre and learned that the President and General Grant were planning to attend the evening performance of Our American Cousin He held one final meeting with his group He said he would kill Lincoln at the theatre Atzerodt was to kill Vice-President Andrew Johnson at the Kirkwood House where Johnson resided Powell was assigned to kill Secretary of State William Seward Herold would accompany Powell All attacks were to take place simultaneously at approximately 1015 PM that
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