On the evening of April 14, 1865, while watching “Our American Cousin” at the Ford’s Theater with his wife, President Abraham Lincoln was shot. During the play, a man with a drawn pistol stepped into the presidential box, aimed, and fired. The killer shot Lincoln in the back of the head causing the president to slump forward unconscious.
The assassin, John Wilkes Booth tried to escape. Major Rathbone tried to stop him but was stabbed with Booth’s knife. As Booth jumped from the balcony, his riding spur caught on a flag draped over the rail causing Booth to fall face first into the audience, breaking his left foot. Even though he was injured, he rushed out the back door, and disappeared into the night on horseback. There was a doctor in the audience who immediately went upstairs to the box. The bullet had entered through Lincoln's left ear and lodged behind his right eye. The president was paralyzed and barely breathing. The doctor, Charles Leale removed a blood clot and the President’s breathing improved. Lincoln was in a deep coma and was moved across Tenth Street to a boarding-house opposite the theater. The doctor tried to save him but his efforts failed. Nine hours later, at 7:22 AM on April 15th, Abraham Lincoln was pronounced dead.
Booth escaped Washington into southern Maryland. Near Bryantown, Maryland, he stops at the house of Dr. Samuel Mudd to have his leg splinted and bandaged. But on April 26, 1865, while hiding in a tobacco barn near Bowling Green, Virginia, Booth was shot and killed by Corporal Boston Corbett.