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Follow the Evidence: The Trial of the Lincoln Conspirators

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From Ford's Theatre to the Petersen House

Petersen House | Lincoln's Family Physician Arrives | Rewards |
Capturing John Wilkes Booth | April 14, 1865   

Ford's Theatre

Lincoln CSIIt is around 10:30 p.m. on April 14, 1865, President Lincoln sets head bowed in his rocking chair at Ford's Theatre, he has just been shot in head by John Wilkes Booth who has just jumped from the presidential box to the stage and escaped out the rear door of the theatre. Dr. Charles A. Leale was at the theatre and hurried to the president's box. Leale and two other doctors decided to move Lincoln from the theatre.

Lincoln's Top Hat
Smithsonian National
Museum of American History

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Content of Lincoln's Pockets
Library of Congress

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Dr. Charles A Leale (in U.S.
Army uniform) attended
Lincoln at death
Library of Congress
Prints and Photographs



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