On the night of April 14, 1865, U.S. President Abraham Lincoln was shot through this doorway at Ford's Theatre in Washington D.C. during the third act of “Our American Cousin”. He was severely wounded and died from his injuries the following morning.
As the United States prepares to commemorate the 150th anniversary of the assassination, the presidential box used by Lincoln and his guests is arranged just as it was on that fateful night.
31 Mar 2015. WASHINGTON, United States. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst
It took just one shot on a Deringer pistol, displayed above, to kill a man who had led the country through the Civil War and help secure the end of slavery.
Lincoln’s burial record entry says the president was "shot by John Wilkes Booth, the ball entering 2 inches below and behind the left ear and lodged in the brain."
1 Jan 1865. WASHINGTON, United States. REUTERS/Alexander Gardner
John Wilkes Booth is seen in a seated portrait, believed to have been taken in Washington in 1865, the year of Lincoln’s assassination.
Booth was, at 26, a well-known stage actor who had previously performed at Ford’s Theatre. He was also a Confederate sympathiser and a supporter of slavery.
Booth fled Washington after the assassination. He was tracked down and fatally shot some two weeks later in Virginia.
5 Apr 2015. WASHINGTON, UNITED STATES. REUTERS/Jim Bourg
Lincoln’s appeal has endured in the 150 years following his assassination. Five-dollar bills carry his image and blockbuster movies bear his name, while in January an auction of a top private collection of Lincoln memorabilia fetched $803,889.
The 16th president’s life is also celebrated at the Lincoln Memorial in Washington D.C. In April, an estimated 8,900 people attended the annual Easter morning sunrise religious service at the memorial.
1 Feb 1865. WASHINGTON, United States. REUTERS/Library of Congress/Lewis Emory Walker
Lincoln is seen in a stereo photo card.