Ariel Woodbury


Outstanding, Intermediate, Bill O'Reilly, Dwight Jon Zimmerman, Civil War, Assassination, Abraham Lincoln, History

Document Type

Book Review


The Confederate Army is on the verge of defeat. Robert E. Lee's army at Petersburg is the only thing keeping the Confederates in the fight. Lee manages to escape with half of his army, but the road to Richmond, their capital, is now undefended. Ulysses S. Grant chases them to their ultimate defeat and the war is effectively over. Back Washington D.C., John Wilkes Booth is planning the kidnapping of Abraham Lincoln for the Confederate government. After the news of the Confederate defeat, he becomes so enraged that his plans change. He and his group of conspirators are now going to assassinate not only President Abraham Lincoln, but General Ulysses S. Grant, Vice President Andrew Jackson, and Secretary of State William H. Seward as well. On the night they have planned the assassinations only two are even attempted and only Lincoln's is successful. Booth and his accomplice Harold flee to Maryland and rely on Confederate sympathizers to help them cross the Potomac River without capture. Within a week of crossing they are caught and Booth is shot when he refuses to surrender.