My friend and I got involved in the April A-Z blogging challenge and it motivated us to post 26 blogs. Now we find ourselves on April 30th worried all of that momentum will go to waste. But fear not, we came up with a great idea, the May Day Blogging Challenge. Check the previous post for details.
May 10th, 1838 was the birth date of John Wilkes Booth, the guy who shot and killed President Abraham Lincoln. The assassination took place in April of 1865 which made Booth a mere twenty-six years old at the time. Booth evaded capture for about two weeks, at which point he was located by Union soldiers. The barn he was hiding in was set on fire when Booth refused to come out and swore he would not be taken alive. That in fact was true because as he fled through the back door of the barn, he was shot in the head by a Union sergeant and died two hours later.
Booth’s main motive lay in the fact that he was angered by a speech made by Lincoln in support of granting citizenship to former slaves. A strong confederate supporter, he was against abolition and vowed on that day to make sure it was Lincoln’s last speech.
There are stories that Lincoln predicted his own death and even had dreamed about it. Advisors cautioned him not to attend the play at Ford’s Theater that night, but Lincoln simply stated that he had promised his wife. Booth, one of the actors made good on Lincoln’s prophetic dreams and carried out the first ever assassination of a U.S. President. Lincoln never saw the end of the play.