John Wilkes Booth and other co-workers first planned to kidnap Lincoln but then later planned to kill him. When he first planned to kidnap him, they were going to take him to the Confederate Army. After Lincoln’s second Inauguration, Booth wrote in his journal "What an excellent chance I had, if I wished, to kill the President on Inauguration day!" On March 17, 1865, Booth told his conspirators that Lincoln would be going to to a play. He told his men to join him at a restaurant. He soon realized that Lincoln did not attend the play.
Three days before Abraham Lincoln’s assassination the president had a dream. He said that he was sleeping and and woke up with the sound of sadness and mourners. He walked down stairs and he found not a living soul. When he went into the East Room he found people and a corpse. He demanded.” Who is dead in the White House!” One of the soldiers replied,” The President, he was killed by an assassin” He then woke up and couldn’t sleep. He knew it was something.
On April 14 President Lincoln woke up cheery and bright. Hugh McCulloch, the new Secretary of the Treasury, said that on that morning, "I never saw Mr. Lincoln so cheerful and happy". No one couldn’t have missed it. This caused the First Lady some concern. She says that saying such things can be result bad. At Ford’s Theatre when Booth picked up his mail, he heard that the president and General Grant were going to the play that night. He was determined to assassinate the president. A little while later, he went to Mary Surratt’s boarding house in Washington D.C, and he asked her to deliver a package for him to her tavern. He also asked her to tell her tenant there to have guns and ammo and bullets ,that he had stored there ready, to be picked up.
At 7 that evening Booth met for a meeting with his co-workers. They assigned Lewis Powell to kill the Secretary of State, George Atzerodt to kill the Vice President, and Booth was going to single handedly shoot Lincoln and stab Grant. George Atzerodt, though, didn’t want to have to do with any killing. He said he was only signed up for a kidnapping. This didn’t stop Booth. He said is was too far in to back out.
That night, the box was supposed to be guarded by a policeman named John Frederick Parker, but when Booth went into it, he wasn't at his post. A witness says that when Booth went into box, he took out a card wrote something on it, and handed it to the usher. The door immediately opened and let him in. As the play continued to the funniest part and line of the play, Booth planned on shooting Lincoln while the roars of the audience muffled the sounding of the bullet. BOOM. Lincoln was shot. He was shot right behind the right eye in the point-blank range. He immediately slumped over and was caught by the First Lady, Mrs. Lincoln, and screamed when she realized what happened.
After hearing the gunshot, Rathbone immediately tried to stop John but he escaped with a furious battle. When Booth escaped onto the stage, the audience soon realized that John was not part of the play and the theatre became chaotic. After Booth drove away and fled, Charles Leale, an army surgeon, came in and saw Rathbone bleeding, but he walked to the president. He soon saw that the President was paralyzed and was hardly breathing. Soon everyone knew, the President was assassinated.
That night, they tried to find a home where they can put Lincoln in so they can work. A man with a lantern called them into his home.Mary Lincoln, so startled by the assassination, that as they were working, a man named Edwin M. Stanton told her get out they so she cannot disturb them with her wails. President Abraham Lincoln died at 7:22am later that morning. Stanton made a statement the historians believed he said, “Now he belongs with the angels!”
While this was happening, Booth was fleeing for his life. He was traveling to the tavern that he prepared beforehand with ammo, weapons, and guns. Then he traveled to a local doctor to help his broken foot. After, he made it to a home of Samuel Cox where he was guided to a man named Thomas Jones where they were going to stay for 5 days until they can cross the Potomac River. On April 24, they were at a farm of Richard H. Garrett, who was tricked in believing that Booth was a wounded soldier. Soon the Union Soldiers were at the house and was going to set fire to the barn they were staying at ,but John would not give up. Later on , a sergeant named Boston Corbett sneaked up on him and shot him a little not too far from where Booth shot Lincoln. John Wilkes Booth died soon on the porch after with his last words. All the assassins were soon caught and executed. President Abraham Lincoln was one of the first Presidents to be assassinated and had a huge impact on the U.S.A..