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This Day in Georgia Civil War History

April 14, 1865

Abraham Lincoln Assassinated

In Washington D.C., President 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 him from the fatal wound, but Lincoln never regained consciousness.