At 7:22 AM on 15 April 1865 died Abraham Lincoln. He was the first U.S. president to be assassinated. His murderer was John Wilkes Booth, a stage actor. Booth was however part of a larger conspiracy that intended to revive the Confederacy. His fellow conspirators Lewis Powell and David Herold were about to murder Secretary of State William H. Seward and George Atzerodt would murder Vice President Andrew Johnson. Nonetheless Booth’s fellow conspirators were less succesful. Seward was only wounded and Atzeroth lost his nerve. Eventually, booth was killed after a 12-day manhunt and his fellow conspirators were hanged.
The conspiracy for the South
15 April in history
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