On the night of April 14, 1865, Abraham Lincoln was shot at Ford’s Theatre. He died early the next morning. It was the first time a sitting president had been murdered. On this episode of BackStory, we’ll mark the 150th anniversary of Lincoln’s assassination by exploring how his death came to pass — and how a changed nation moved forward.
Step by step, this show will walk you through a single horrific act and its aftermath. We’ll follow the conspirators as they hatch their plot, take you on the manhunt to track them down, and revisit the trial that saw several of them hung. We’ll sit at the president’s deathbed with his closest friends, and board the train that ushered his body, town by town, from Washington to Springfield, and delivered his spirit onward, as his secretary of war famously uttered, “to the ages” — or was it “to the angels”?
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