History Tip of the Day – March 8th

John Wilkes Booth is killed, April 26th, 1865

Booth and his fellow conspirator David Herold are hiding in a Virginia barn. Booth does not know that US Calvary is surrounding them. The two are trapped; they have no idea how many men are outside. Herold says he wants out and exits, wrists first. He is immediately arrested. Booth hears the crackling of burning hay. He sees a soldier opening the door. Booth hefts his loaded carbine, preparing to take aim. He hears the crack of a rifle and feels a jolt in his neck, and then nothing. A soldier has fired a bullet that slices Booth’s spinal cord.