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President Lincoln was viewing the comedy, "Our American Cousin",in the Ford Theater when the actor, John Wilkes Booth shot and killed him in the back of the head. Lincoln was seated next to his wife, Mary, in box 7 that had been decorated for the president.Lincoln did not die instantly. He was taken to the home of German immigrants that lived across the street of the theater. The Peterson house is where Lincoln died the next morning. If you go and visit the Peterson house, blood is still stained on the pillow that cushioned the dying president's head. Lincoln's eldest son Robert had been present at this shooting as well as the shootings of Garfield and Mckinley. After John Wilkes Booth shot Lincoln, he jumped down onto the stage and broke his leg. Dr. Samuel Mudd bound Booth's leg so he could continue to escape. Dr. Mudd was later pardoned. Booth escaped into Virginia and was found in a barn. Booth was shot and killed before a trail could be held. There have been many conspiracy theories about the people that helped Booth murder Lincoln. A fellow actor had tried to kill Secretary Seward by stabbing, but Seward survived. Another friend of Booth's was set to kill Vice President Johnson, but failed because Johnson didn't show up.

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