Abraham Lincoln was living on borrowed time, he just did not know it. He must have realized that being the President of the United States came with some drawbacks, especially during the ongoing Civil War. The South had seceded from the Union after he was elected President and his plans to abolish slavery did not sit well with many people. One of those people were John Wilkes Booth, the man who would soon go down in history as the man who killed Abraham Lincoln. Booth knew the South needed men and the North had stopped sending the Southern men who were prisoners back to their homes in the south. Booth decided it was time to do something and he came up with a plan.
Booth’s plan was to kidnap the President and hold him for ransom until the North did what needed to be done and send the Southern men home. He got several other men together and they made up plans to kidnap Lincoln. Booth had discovered that Lincoln was going to be at a certain place and made plans to do it when he arrived at the place that he was said to be. His plans fell through when Lincoln did not arrive and they had to figure out what to do next. Booth hated Lincoln with a passion and decided the only way that the South was going to get back to where they were, was if Lincoln was gone. He was going to assassinate the President of the United States. He made arrangements to discuss the situation with the men he had made plans with earlier. The men were not too happy with the new plans, some decided to back off while the others decided to go ahead and help Booth.
Booth decided along with Lincoln dead, the Vice President, and the Secretary of State would have to die. He thought if he could cause enough problems and chaos, then he would be able to overthrow the government. The plot to kill Lincoln may have succeeded by the plot to do in the other two men failed. Booth made his way inside the Ford’s Theatre, since he knew it so well, and because he often worked there. He made his way to where Lincoln would be, saw that the guard was not around and went inside. He aimed his gun at the back of Lincoln’s head and shot. As Lincoln fell forward, chaos erupted as Booth jumped down from the balcony, breaking his leg, shouting out to the audience as he made his escape. He made his way outside, got on his horse that was waiting and hurried out of town. Elsewhere in town, George Atzerrodt did not go through what he was to do, and Lewis Powell failed to kill the Secretary of State, he just wounded him.
Booth met up with David Herold and they headed away from the city as fast as they could. Meanwhile, it did not look good for Lincoln. He was dying and there was nothing anyone could do. It took twelve days for soldiers to find Booth and Herold, hold up on the Garrett farm. The soldiers set the barn on fire, to get them to come out, but only Herold gave up. It took a trigger happy soldier to kill Booth.