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April 14, 1865 The President Was assasinated by Som Confederate villain at the theathre die saturday morning the 15 the city is in the Deepest sorrow
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The “Confederate villain” to whom Davis is referring is John Wilkes Booth. A native of Maryland, Booth joined the Richmond militia prior to the war and was present at the hanging of John Brown. During the war, Booth performed at Ford’s Theater in Washington, D.C. He and his co-conspirators planned to kidnap Lincoln prior to Lee’s surrender, but on April 14 Booth changed the plans and fatally shot the president instead. He was captured by Union troops twelve days later. Emilie notes this event in her entry on April 15, 1865. To view this page, click here.