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Lincoln's Last Day

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


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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

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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

Canden is a historian and tour guide in Washington DC with 4 published books about the city. She has written for HuffPost Travel and has been featured in the Washington Post, WTOP, and numerous other DC papers. She's also been interviewed by the BBC, NPR, Travel Channel and Discovery Family Channel. Canden is the producer of our podcast, Tour Guide Tell All With a M.A. in History from University College London and a B.A. in History from Elon University, she is an authority on D.C. history, and has led tours in the city for over 10 years. She currently resides in DC, but has also lived in London and South Korea, and has travelled to 28 countries. Her two children (both under the age of 4) have their passports and own frequent flier accounts.
Updated: April 15th, 2020
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