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FROM-- SET EIGHT, CIVIL WAR STUDIES

Topic Thirty-six:  President Lincoln Assassinated

GOES WITH THE ABRAHAM LINCOLN ASSASSINATION ACTIVITY HOME PAGE

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Realia from the FBI and the Library of Congress

The FBI Investigatioin

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Click Here for the FBI investigation of the derringer used to murder the President

Go to this timeline of Lincoln's last day, to find answers concerning the last day of Lincoln's life and his assassination.
The Chicago Historical Society "Scene of the Crime" tells the story of the assassination.


Lincoln Spectacles at his assassination, from the Library of Congress

 
Library of Congress Lincoln Assassination Realia from http://www.loc.gov/exhibits/treasures/trm012.html

          When Abraham Lincoln was shot at Ford's Theatre in Washington, D.C. on April 14, 1865, he was carrying two pairs of spectacles and a lens polisher, a pocketknife, a watch fob, a linen handkerchief, and a brown leather wallet containing a five-dollar Confederate note and nine newspaper clippings, including several favorable to the president and his policies. Given to his son Robert Todd upon Lincoln's death, these everyday items, which through association with tragedy had become like relics, were kept in the Lincoln family for more than seventy years. They came to the Library in 1937 as part of the gift from Lincoln's granddaughter, Mary Lincoln Isham, whose gift included several books and daguerreotypes, a silver inkstand, and Mary Todd Lincoln's seed-pearl necklace and matching bracelets.  (From the Library of Congress)


CHALLENGE QUESTIONS


Go to Wikipedia for full details of the assassination at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Assassination_of_Abraham_Lincoln


 
Actual Assassination realia are available from the Library of Congress at http://www.loc.gov/exhibits/treasures/trm012.html
 
Answers can be found in this short story of the assassination.  
QUICK REVIEW LINCOLN ASSASSINATION QUESTIONS:


1. The story of the assassination is well known, but why was it considered a "conspiracy?"  Go to this page and make a list of three of the theories of conspiracy that arose.
 

Left-- Flyer for the Our American Cousin comedy at Ford Theater, from the Library of Congress.   Washington, DC: Polkinhorn & Sons [1865]
 

2. Who was supposed to go with the Lincolns to Ford Theatre, but couldn't? 
 

3. John Wilkes Booth was in the audience to hear President Lincoln's last speech.  Why did Booth get so worked up over the President's speech?

4. Which other governmental officers were on the assassination list?  

5. Why didn't the other assassinations get accomplished?

6. What did Booth yell when he jumped from the balcony to the stage?

7. How were Booth and the other participants in the assassination caught?  What happened to each?

8. What did President Lincoln say in his Second Inauguration that angered John Wilkes Booth so much?

9. Describe what Lincoln's plan for the South included?

10. Did the President receive murder-threats before the assassination?

 

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