US History - Assassination of Lincoln

The man who assassinated Lincoln was obviously a Southern sympathizer, John Wilkes Booth – a stage actor. Booth considered Lincoln wholly responsible for the Southern destruction and the murder of his Southern brothers. He shot Lincoln in the back of the head with a .44 caliber Derringer, percussion-cap pistol at the Ford Theater on 11th April 1865 in Washington. After an intensive search for several days, Booth was finally killed in an encounter with the troops on April 26 1865.