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The Tragic Assassination Of President Abraham Lincoln While He Watched "Our American Cousin" At Fords Theatre, Shot In The Back Of The Head By John Wilkes Booth, Confederate Sympathizer And Popular Actor Of The Booth Theatrical Family, As Told In Two Docudramatic Productions: 1) APPOINTMENT WITH DESTINY: THEY'VE KILLED PRESIDENT LINCOLN!, An Investigation Of The Several Conspiracies Involved In The Murder Of President Lincoln, Narrated By Richard Basehart (Color, 1971, 44 Minutes), And 2) YOU ARE THERE: JULY 14, 1789, Hypothetical News Coverage Of The Assassination In An episode Of The CBS News Historical Drama Radio Series Featuring Their Renowned Newscaster John Charles Daly (Audio Only, July 14, 1947, 28 Minutes) -- All Presented In The Highest DVD Quality MPG Video Format Of 9.1 MBPS As An MP4 Video Download Or Archival Quality All Regions Format DVD!
On April 14, 1865, Abraham Lincoln, the 16th president of the United States, was assassinated by well-known stage actor John Wilkes Booth while attending the play Our American Cousin at Ford's Theatre in Washington, D.C. Shot in the head as he watched the play, Lincoln died of his wounds the following day at 7:22 am in the Petersen House opposite the theater. He was the first U.S. president to be assassinated. His funeral and burial were marked by an extended period of national mourning. Near the end of the American Civil War, Lincoln's assassination was part of a larger conspiracy intended by Booth to revive the Confederate cause by eliminating the three most important officials of the federal government. Conspirators Lewis Powell and David Herold were assigned to kill Secretary of State William H. Seward, and George Atzerodt was tasked with killing Vice President Andrew Johnson. Beyond Lincoln's death, the plot failed: Seward was only wounded, and Johnson's would-be attacker became drunk instead of killing the vice president. After a dramatic initial escape, Booth was killed at the end of a 12-day chase. Powell, Herold, Atzerodt, and Mary Surratt were later hanged for their roles in the conspiracy.