Learning Lincoln On-line

From Set Eight, Civil War Studies 

Lincoln's Assassination --Regalia from the FBI and Library of Congress Resources

The FBI Investigation

Click Here for the FBI archive information about the derringer used to murder the President

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.

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 bracelets.

Challenge Questions

Visit Wikipedia for full details of the assassination

Answers can be found in this short story of the assassination.  

1. The story of the assassination is well known, but why was it considered a "conspiracy?"  Go to this page and make a list of three of the theories of conspiracy that arose.

Left-- Flyer for the Our American Cousin comedy at Ford Theater, from the Library of Congress.   Washington, DC: Polkinhorn & Sons [1865]

2. 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 assassination list?  

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?

8. What did President Lincoln say in his Second Inauguration that angered John Wilkes Booth so much?

9. Describe what Lincoln's plan for the South included?

10. Did the President receive murder-threats before the assassination?

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