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Lincoln's Last Day

Updated: January 20, 2023

Join our Washington DC guides as they bring the tragic story of Lincoln's Assassination, 155 years after that fateful day in American history.

The best way to learn about Lincoln's Assassination is to take our Lincoln Assassination Walking Tour in Washington DC.

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We will be following the footsteps of key players throughout the day starting at 9am on Facebook , Instagram and Twitter using hashtag #LincolnsLastDayFTBF

Student Resources about President Lincoln

APRIL 9, 1865

Leading up to our Lincoln's Last Day event on April 14, Dan gives a brief overview of Confederate General Robert E Lee's surrender.

APRIL 10, 1865

Former Lincoln Assassination tour guide, Christopher talks about the tragedies in Lincoln's life as Washington DC celebrates Lee's surrender.


APRIL 11, 1865

Leading up to our Lincoln's Last Day event on April 14, Christopher talks about John Wilkes Booth at Lincoln's Last Speech on April 11, 1865

APRIL 13, 1865

Lincoln Assassination tour guide Lindsey tells us a little about Mary Surratt.


APRIL 14, 1865 | Lincoln's Last Day

John Wilkes Booth and his co-conspirators hatched a plan after their kidnapping attempts fail to cripple the Union by assassination the Secretary of State, Vice President, and President - all at the same time. Around 10pm, Friday, April 14, 1865.

The Attempted Assassination of Secretary of State Seward

Lincoln's Last Day was almost the last day for Secretary of State Seward. Booth co-conspirator, Lewis Powell attacked Seward at his home near the White House the night of April 14, 1865 at the same time that Booth was entering the President's Box at Ford's Theatre.

The Planned Assassination of Vice President Johnson

While Booth was entering Ford's Theatre, and Lewis Powell was entering Secretary of State Seward's home, George Adzerodt was waiting for Vice President Andrew Johnson.

Lincoln's Assassination

Shortly after 10pm on April 14, 1865, John Wilkes Booth will enter the President's Box at Ford's Theatre in Washington DC while President Lincoln is watching Our American Cousin. That would be Lincoln's Last Day.

About The Author

Canden Arciniega

Follow On Instagram | I'm a historian & tour guide in Washington DC with 4 published books about the city. I have written for HuffPost Travel and have been featured in the Washington Post, WTOP, and numerous other DC papers. I've also been interviewed by the BBC, NPR, Travel Channel and Discovery Family Channel. I am the producer of the podcast, Tour Guide Tell All. I am an authority on D.C. history, and have led tours in the city since 2011. I currently resides in DC, but have also lived in London and South Korea, and have traveled to over 28 countries and every US State but Hawaii. I homeschool my 2 children by exploring the plethora of museums in DC. Read More...
Updated: January 20th, 2023
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