Friday, April 14, 2017

April 14, 1865: President Lincoln shot in the evening





On April 14, 1865, AP correspondent Lawrence A. Gobright filed a report that Pres Lincoln had been shot:
"During the third act, and while there was a temporary pause for the actors to enter, a sharp report of a pistol was heard, which merely attracted attention, but suggesting nothing serious, until a man rushed to the front of the President's box, waving a long dagger in his right hand, and exclaiming, "Sic semper tyrannis" and immediately leaped from the box, which was in the second tier, to the stage beneath, and ran across to the opposite side, making his escape, amid the bewilderment of the audience, from the rear of the theatre, and mounting a horse, fled."
Later, he reported that Pres Lincoln had died early in the morning of April 15th!



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