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Assassination of Abraham Lincoln
00:01:11 1 Background
00:01:20 1.1 Abandoned plan to kidnap Lincoln
00:03:58 1.2 Motive
00:05:00 1.3 Lincoln's premonitions
00:06:20 2 Preparations
00:08:01 3 Assassination of Lincoln
00:08:10 3.1 Lincoln arrives at the theater
00:10:26 3.2 Booth shoots Lincoln
00:12:25 3.3 Booth escapes
00:14:17 3.4 Death of Lincoln
00:18:28 4 Powell attacks Seward
00:20:57 5 Atzerodt fails to attack Johnson
00:22:12 6 Reactions
00:24:46 7 Flight and capture of the conspirators
00:24:56 7.1 Booth and Herold
00:28:13 7.2 Others
00:29:27 8 Conspirators' trial and execution
00:32:52 9 See also
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Abraham Lincoln, the 16th President of the United States, was assassinated by well-known stage actor John Wilkes Booth on April 14, 1865, 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 the following day at 7:22 a.m., in the Petersen House opposite the theater. He was the first American president to be assassinated, and Lincoln's funeral and burial marked an extended period of national mourning.
Occurring near the end of the American Civil War, the assassination was part of a larger conspiracy intended by Booth to revive the Confederate cause by eliminating the three most important officials of the United States 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 lost his nerve. After a dramatic initial escape, Booth was killed at the climax of a 12-day manhunt. Powell, Herold, Atzerodt and Mary Surratt were later hanged for their roles in the conspiracy.
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