Filed under: Politics | Tags: Abraham Lincoln, Ford's Theater, John Wilkes Booth
President Abraham Lincoln died on this day one hundred and fifty years ago. He went to the theater, we are told, as a bit of an escape after all the speeches and celebration following the surrender at Appomattox courthouse. He was shot in the back of the head on the fourteenth day of April,1865 by John Wilkes Booth, but he lingered until the next day. Lee had surrendered only five days earlier, marking the end to a terrible war that tore the nation apart. Lincoln was not universally loved, and he kept a drawer full of the death threats he received. But he held the fractious nation together, and freed the slaves. Honor him.
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