There’s no American President, perhaps, who could equal the legacy that [easyazon_link asin=”0743270754″ locale=”US” new_window=”yes” nofollow=”default” tag=”pridecostume-20″ add_to_cart=”default” cloaking=”default” localization=”yes” popups=”yes”]President Abraham Lincoln[/easyazon_link] left. And, perhaps, of all American Presidents, he’s got the most endearing monicker any political figure had been given–Honest Abe.
Last week, when I went back to Washington, DC for the second time, I made sure to check out the downtown area where [easyazon_link asin=”0743270754″ locale=”US” new_window=”yes” nofollow=”default” tag=”pridecostume-20″ add_to_cart=”default” cloaking=”default” localization=”yes” popups=”yes”]The Great Emancipator[/easyazon_link] spent the last hours of his life.
If you have watched the Oscar-winning movie, Lincoln, last year with Daniel Day-Lewis grabbing the Best Actor naked trophy, then, you already know how he died. But, there’s something missing in there—they didn’t show the assassination part (maybe, for artistic reason?).
In this blog post, I’ll show you the exact places where President Abraham Lincoln died.
On April 15, 1865 (149 years today), President Abraham Lincoln died. He was assassinated on a night before that.
Here inside the Ford’s Theater, the assassination happened.
Here, in this Presidential Box, Abe Lincoln and Mary Lincoln held hands while absorbed in watching the play.
When the stage actor said something that filled the room with laughter, the assassin, John Booth, bolted the private door and shot the President on the back of his head.—at close range.
He used this tiny gun (a .44-caliber pistol) and left it at the scene of the crime.
Just after John Wilkes Booth fired a single shot, he jumped out of the Presidential Box, onto the stage and ran out the back door of the theater where he mounted his horse.
From Ford’s Theater, the President was brought to this house across the street.
In this living room, Mary Todd Lincoln (the wife) and son, Robert —- had the most agonizing minutes of their life while doctors were trying to save the life of the man they adore.
In this bedroom, Secretary of War, Stanton, held several cabinet meetings, interviewed witnesses and ordered the pursuit of the assassins.
And in this bedroom, the 16th President of the United States of America held his last breath.
Today, Abraham Lincoln is immortalized in a memorial that fits for a great man that changed the course of American history.
There are about 15,000 book written about him. This Tower of Books—all about him— has about 6,800 books that stands from the ground floor to the 4th floor.
TIPS FOR VISITING THE FORD’S THEATER
Go early when visiting FORD’S THEATER (on 511 Tenth Street). Students and teachers doing their educational field trips/excursions dominate the crowd inside the theater and the museum.
When you arrive there, go directly to the ticket booth in the lobby and ask for the next available tour.
Ticket is free –and don’t lose it. It’s the same ticket you can use should you decide to peek inside the house where Lincoln died–which is just across the street.
Where to stay in Washington DC:
International House of Washingto (Hostel)
1110 6th St. NW, Washington, DC.