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This Day in Georgia History

April 14, 1865

Abraham Lincoln Assasinated

In Washington D.C., Pres. Abraham Lincoln took his wife Mary to see the play “Our American Cousin” at Ford’s Theater. At 10:13 p.m., during the third act of the play, John Wilkes Booth burst into the presidential suite and shot Lincoln in the head. Lincoln was carried to a house across the street, where doctors vainly struggled to save the president from the fatal wound. Lincoln never regained consciousness and died on the morning of April 15th. His death would impact Georgia and most other Southern states by allowing Radical Republicans in Congress to fashion a much stricter and punitive Reconstruction than Lincoln had planned.