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Lincoln assassin John Wilkes Booth's boot
Lincoln assassin John Wilkes Booth's boot
Resource Typeimage
TitleLincoln assassin John Wilkes Booth's boot
Coverage / YearApril 14, 1865
DescriptionJohn Wilkes Booth was wearing this boot the night that he shot Abraham Lincoln at Ford's Theater in Washington D. C. After shooting Lincoln and stabbing Major Rathbone, Booth leapt from the Presidential Box. Catching his foot on bunting draped on the front of the Presidential Box, he fell to the stage, breaking his left foot. The boot is on exhibit at the Ford's Theater Museum, Washington D. C., a National Park Service site.
InterpretationBooth quickly exited the theater where he had a horse waiting for a getaway. He met up with one of his accomplices. He went to the home of Dr. Samuel Mudd, where the boot was cut away in order to set his foot. Dr. Mudd was convicted of being an accomplice and served time in prison. Later efforts to clear his name were inconclusive. Other items on display in the Ford's Theater Museum include the knife that Booth used, Booth's diary, and the coat that Lincoln was wearing. The coat is beautifully quilted on the inside with a motif of American eagles.
Lesson Plans / ThemesAntebellum Society and the Civil War
Learning Standards14 Political systems; 16 History
Author or CreatorIllinois Heritage Association
SourceFord's Theater Museum, Washington D.C.
Subject / KeywordsLincoln, Abraham, 1809-1865; Civil War; Booth, John Wilkes, 1838-1865; Assassinations; Ford's Theater; Petersen House
Collection PublisherIllinois Heritage Association
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Resource IdentifierIHA00164
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