Go to the Library of Congress Timeline of Lincoln's last
day, to find answers concerning the last day of
Lincoln's life and his assassination.
for the FBI
archive information about
the derringer used to murder the President
Lincoln Spectacles at his assassination, from the
Library of Congress
Library of Congress Lincoln Assassination Regalia
When Abraham Lincoln was shot at Ford's Theatre in
Washington, D.C. on April 14, 1865, he was carrying
two pairs of spectacles and a lens polisher, a
pocketknife, a watch fob, a linen handkerchief, and
a brown leather wallet containing a five-dollar
Confederate note and nine newspaper clippings,
including several favorable to the president and his
policies. Given to his son Robert Todd upon
Lincoln's death, these everyday items, which through
association with tragedy had become like relics,
were kept in the Lincoln family for more than
seventy years. They came to the Library in 1937 as
part of the gift from Lincoln's granddaughter, Mary
Lincoln Isham, whose gift included several books and
daguerreotypes, a silver inkstand, and Mary Todd
Lincoln's seed-pearl necklace and matching
Wikipedia for full details of the assassination
Answers can be found in this short
story of the assassination.
REVIEW LINCOLN ASSASSINATION QUESTIONS:
1. The story of the assassination
is well known, but why was it considered a
and make a list of three of the theories of conspiracy
Left-- Flyer for the Our American Cousin comedy at Ford
Theater, from the Library of Congress.
Washington, DC: Polkinhorn &
Who was supposed to go with the Lincolns to Ford
Theatre, but couldn't?
3. John Wilkes Booth was in the audience to hear
President Lincoln's last speech. Why did Booth get so
worked up over the President's speech?
4. Which other governmental officers were on the
5. Why didn't the other assassinations get accomplished?
6. What did Booth yell when he jumped from the balcony
to the stage?
7. How were Booth and the other participants in the
assassination caught? What happened to each?
What did President Lincoln say in his Second
Inauguration that angered John Wilkes Booth so much?
Describe what Lincoln's plan for the South included?
Did the President receive murder-threats before the
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