On This Day: April 15th

In 1865, on the 15th of April President Abraham Lincoln died. He died at just after 7am in the morning, he had been in a coma for nine hours prior to his death. He died after a shot to the head, it was however originally thought that he had been stabbed in the shoulder which was obviously not the case.

On April 14th after 10pm John Wilkes Booth, who was a well-known actor in his own right, came up behind Lincoln and shot him in the back of the head. Booth escaped after stabbing Major Henry Rathbone who had almost stopped the escaping assassin. Booth was found on a farm in Virginia which was seventy miles south of Washington, after refusing to surrender he was killed by Union forces.

Abraham Lincoln was replaced as President by Vice President Andrew Johnson. Lincoln has gone down in history as one of the most famous president’s in US history, he had many notable moments. They include; being the President during the Civil War and the leader of Union forces, started the movement to abolish slavery, the famous Gettysburg Address and Lincoln was one of the most important people in the creation of the Thanksgiving holiday in the United States.

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