Chasing Lincoln’s Killer by: James L. Swanson I will be writing about how Lincoln’s killer John W. Booth as he assassinated Mr. Abraham. His plans continued to fail, but he kept trying. John came from a long line of family with good fortune. John Booth was a Confederate it had been a bad week for the Confederacy. John said “(he would enjoy a stunning reversal of fortune)”.
Lincoln had many people that tried to assassinate him. There was only one that succeeded in killing Lincoln. He was careful with his methods and process. John Wilkes Booth was the man that killed Abraham Lincoln at Ford 's Theater. Nine months before Lincoln was assassinated someone else tried to kill Lincoln in August of 1864. The shooter shot and missed, but the bullet landed through his hat, but something had spoiled his shot so he missed the president 's head. It was a dark summer day so that could have been another reason he missed the shot that could have ended Lincoln 's life. The choices changed the United States, but also ended his life. People even tried to kill Lincoln before he became inaugurated because he basically cheated to
on March 14, 1865. Booth’s family was full of well known actors of this time period including Booth himself. This meant that he was quite familiar with Ford’s Theater making the assassination that much easier for him. Booth’s new and improved plan was to take out the Secretary of State, President, and Vice President, the three most powerful and needed men of the south. Booth had many other conspirators behind the scenes of the the master plan.
No one deserves to die, and no one deserves death. Some executions are justified, but David Herold’s was not. Herold was a skilled and talented man who was deprived into a corner to help a killer. James L. Swanson’s novel, Chasing Lincoln 's Killer, a diary entry, “Last Diary Entry of John Wilkes Booth,” and an article, “Lincoln Writ of Liberty” contain evidence that proves Herold’s innocence. Herold did help a murderer; however, he is like everyone, in that he is susceptible to violent threats.
Although John Wilkes Booth committed an awful crime, he took a huge stand by assassinating President Abraham Lincoln and changed the course of U.S. history forever. This tragic event happened at a very important point in history. The Civil War had been raging since 1861, resulting in the loss of thousands of Americans and further splitting the country in half. On April 9, 1865, Robert E. Lee surrendered the last of the Confederate army to Ulysses S. Grant at Appomattox Courthouse, ending the Civil War. The union was thrilled. The South however was not at all happy. John Wilkes Booth was particularly outraged. After hearing the news he would make a plan to do something that would forever alter the course of American history. He planned to assassinate
This theory explained Abraham Lincoln's devastating pre-assassination on 1865. After Many attempts to kidnap Lincoln but failed to work out until the Confederacy surrendered to the North. The well-known stage performing artist John Wilkes Booth thought the president was determined to destroy the constitution, and he turned to the thoughts of assassination. This theory focused on how Booth and co-conspirators come up with their changes plans of murdering the president and two of his possible successors, Booth and his co-conspirators hoped to throw the U.S. government into disarray. Looking back with the abduction plot established, the question remains, who was really behind and included in the death of the
“Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that,” Martin Luther Kink Jr. once said. This applies to the Civil War especially. The three works, Chasing Lincoln’s Killer by James L. Swanson, Killing Lincoln produced by National Geographic, and the excerpt from The Plot to Kill Lincoln by Karen Zeinhert all use the imagery of light and darkness when talking about Abraham Lincoln, John Wilkes Booth, and the Civil War in general, though they do not all elaborate on all of the conspirators involved.
“Atzerodt had doubts about his assignment. He would not do it, he said,” (Swanson 27) writes James L. Swanson in his novel Chasing Lincoln’s Killer. George Atzerodt was a slow-witted German member of Booth’s band of conspirators. He enjoyed clothes, food, and fame as provided by John Wilkes Booth, and was involved in the inner Conspiracy, although he refused to take any actions. He was condemned an active conspirator by authorities and hanged for his alleged crimes. It was only due to the suspension of the right of habeas corpus, in “Lincoln and the Writ of Liberty”, that prevented Atzerodt from being brought to court to determine if he was being legally held. Atzerodt did not have any chance to prove himself innocent, and was immediately arrested
Lincoln was assassinated by John Wilkes Booth who supported the Confederacy even though they lost the American Civil war to the Union. Booth murdered Lincoln while he was watching a play at Ford’s Theatre. The murder was similar because there were apparently several co-conspiritors who helped Booth plan the assassination. Both of
As Booth began his bold escape, the fate of Abraham Lincoln was unknown. According to “Abraham,” Charles Leale heard the pistol fire and Mary’s scream, so the twenty-three year old doctor sprinted towards the wounded President . When Leale reached Lincoln, the young doctor saw the physical condition of the President. “He found the president slumped in his chair, paralyzed and struggling to breath” (History.com). “Assassination” states that the doctor reacted quickly by ripping the President’s shirt open for a physical examination, but Leale could not find the bullet wound. With that diagnosis, the focus shifted from saving the President to moving him out of Ford’s Theater (2009). “Abraham” states that Lincoln was transported to a home across the street and placed in a bed. Lincoln’s Vice President, Cabinet, and friends assembled in the house. When the Surgeon General arrived at the home, he said that Lincoln would not survive the night. Now, all of those who had come to see the President could only wait for his death. The moment of
After a series of correspondence between General Ulysses S Grant and Robert E Lee, they agreed to meet On April 9th, 1865, both Grant and Lee met at the Appomattox Court House to discuss the terms of surrender Grant and Lee remembered each other from the Mexican - American war Around four in the afternoon, General Lee officially surrendered Upon the surrender, General Grant allowed the Confederate soldiers to retain some freedoms He allowed them to keep their sidearms, horses, and other items He also allowed them to return to their homes under probation News of the surrender took time to travel to the rest of the Confederate soldiers
No matter how many news reports and newspapers people scour through, there is always a better chance than not that key information is missed because of a biased article writer. Through reading the book, Chasing Lincoln’s Killer, no side is left out, and while Swanson is a writer from the North, he manages to cover the entire story of Booth’s manhunt, including the many hidden facts as well as the motive behind Booth’s attack. Through primary sources and other documents, the text is quite informative, and therefore is a must read for anyone and everyone. It does matter if people read this book, because it reveals so much more than what most people know, about this horrific incident. Every day, manhunts and assassinations take place around the
Brandon Smith Mr.Dittmar 12/14/2014 American History Book Report #2 “Killing Lincoln” Killing Lincoln is a very good easy to read historical book. I already knew some about when Lincoln was shot and how he died but this book put in so much more little details that any other thing I have gotten information from. I feel like Bill O'Rreilly did a very good job writing this book. I really like the way that it was wrote using the time and different days for the chapters. That helped give the book some detail and helped me understand what was going on in the book and when important scenes were easier to understand.
Many of America's leaders were assassinated such as John F. Kennedy and MLK. The motives to their assassinations were most from disagreements which is the same motive for the assassination of Abraham Lincoln. On April 14th 1865, John Wilkes, shot and killed Abraham Lincoln at a play at ford Theatre . John Wilkes Booth was born in Maryland and was born in 1838. He lived in the north during the civil War but but yet he still didn’t agree with Abraham Lincoln.