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Drama Off Stage As Lincoln Shot

Abraham Lincoln Shot

1865 April 14 - President Abraham Lincoln is failing fast after being shot in the back of the head at point-blank range. The president and Mrs Lincoln were attending a performance of our American Cousin at Ford's Theatre in Washington when the attack occurred. His assailant, John Wilkes Booth, a member of one of America's most distinguished acting families and a Confederate fanatic, then jumped from the box on to the stage, shouting Sie semper tyrannis! ['Thus always to tyrants'] - The South is avenged". He then ran out of the theatre, limping heavily, mounted a horse and galloped off into the night. Lincoln will go down in history as the man who saved the Union and in the process brought about the emancipation of America's black slaves. In his own words: "If I could save the Union without freeing any slave I would do it: and if I could save it by freeing all the slaves I would do it; and if I could save it by freeing some and leaving others alone, I would also do that." A manhunt is underway to bring the assailant to justice