The assassination of Abraham Lincoln, the 16th President of the United States, occurred on April 14, 1865.
Actor and confederate supporter John Wilkes Booth shot President Lincoln in the back of the head while he was watching the play Our American Cousin at Ford’s Theater in Washington D.C. The assassination came days after Confederate General Robert E. Lee had surrendered and was part of a bigger plan to revitalize the Confederate Army.
The arrangement was that John Wilkes Booth and two other men would each kill an important member of the United States Government; Booth was to murder President Lincoln, Lewis Powell was assigned to kill Secretary of State William H. Seward, and George Atzerodt was supposed to kill Vice President Andrew Johnson. Killing the President and his two successors was an attempt to throw the government into disarray, but only John Wilkes Booth accomplished his task.
Abraham Lincoln died the next morning, on April 15. He was the first American President to have been assassinated.