A look at the man who killed John Wilkes Booth
This month, the media will be peppered with articles, books and newscasts during the sesquicentennial commemoration of the assassination of President Lincoln by John Wilkes Booth. Many of those news accounts will repeat long held myths and rehash assassination conspiracy theories.
Most will recall the facts history classes drilled into our heads: On April 14, 1865, John Wilkes Booth snuck into Lincoln’s private box at Ford’s Theatre in Washington and fired the fatal shot. Fewer know, however, how Booth met his end. History has recorded that Booth was killed by Sgt. Boston Corbett, a member of the 16th New York Cavalry. Corbett was a member of the 29-man hunting party charged with capturing Booth alive.
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