The Assassination of Abraham Lincoln and its Aftermath

TLDR The assassination of Abraham Lincoln in 1865 led to intense grief and a massive manhunt. John Wilkes Booth, the assassin, was eventually found and killed, while others involved in the plot were brought to trial and executed. Lincoln's funeral procession and burial were extensive, covering 1,654 miles and lasting three weeks.

Timestamped Summary

00:00 Abraham Lincoln was assassinated in 1865, and the weeks following his death were marked by intense grief and a massive manhunt.
02:22 The plot to assassinate Abraham Lincoln began in March 1865 with John Wilkes Booth and a group of Confederate sympathizers planning to kidnap him, but their initial attempt was foiled when Lincoln changed his schedule.
04:32 John Wilkes Booth planned to kill President Lincoln, Vice President Andrew Johnson, and Secretary of State William Seward at Ford's Theater, but had a hard time finding people to join him in the booth for the play.
06:29 John Wilkes Booth was able to access the presidential box at Ford's Theater and shoot President Lincoln because he was a well-known presence in the theater and there was no one guarding the box during intermission.
08:30 After assassinating President Lincoln, John Wilkes Booth fled the theater and other members of the assassination plot failed in their tasks, leading to a massive manhunt and rewards being offered for their capture.
10:36 John Wilkes Booth was eventually found hiding in a barn in Virginia and was shot and killed by Sergeant Boston Corbett, while the eight people who were brought to trial in association with the assassination were found guilty, with three receiving life sentences and one receiving a six-year sentence.
12:43 Four conspirators were executed by hanging, including the first woman executed in American history, Mary Surrod, while Lincoln's funeral procession and burial lasted three weeks and covered 1,654 miles, with his final resting place being Oak Ridge Cemetery in Springfield, Illinois.
Categories: History Education

Browse more History