The Assassination of President Lincoln – Ford’s Theatre, Washington, 14 April 1865

Posted on April 13th, 2013 by The British Newspaper Archive

At Ford’s Theatre in Washington on 14 April 1865, Abraham Lincoln was shot in the back of the head by John Wilkes Booth.

After shooting President Lincoln, Booth jumped down to the stage and shouted, ‘Sic temper tyrannis’ (‘thus always to tyrants’). Hmm, one does wonder just how many Latin speakers were at the show that night…

Wilkes Booth was a member of one of America’s most famous acting families, and was also fanatical in his support for the Confederacy.

To mark the sad day, here are two early reports of the assassination, as carried by English newpapers in April 1865.

historical newspaper story about The Assassination of President Lincoln

Maidstone Telegraph – Saturday 29 April 1865

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historical newspaper story about The Assassination of President Lincoln

Manchester Courier and Lancashire General Advertiser – Friday 28 April 1865

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