April 26, 1865: Lincoln assassin John Wilkes Booth dies

John Wilkes Booth is killed when Union soldiers track him down to a Virginia farm 12 days after he assassinated President Abraham Lincoln.teen1

 A tip led the Union soldiers to the Garrett farm, where they discovered Booth  in the barn.  Booth refused to surrender. The building was set on fire to flush Booth, but he was shot while still inside. He lived for three hours before gazing at his hands, muttering “Useless, useless,” as he died.

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2 thoughts on “April 26, 1865: Lincoln assassin John Wilkes Booth dies

  1. That day was brutally depressing!

  2. Pingback: Presidents and umbrellas, continued: Lincoln and John Wilkes Booth | Millard Fillmore's Bathtub

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