J.D.R. Hawkins

One bullet can make a man a hero… or a casualty.

Assassins Show Up In the Strangest Places

So many bizaare occurrences took place during the War Between the States that they are too numerous to list. Several books have been written about them, and discussion groups still debate them. One such coincidence took place on this date in 1863.

On November 9, Abraham Lincoln attended a play in Washington. None other than John Wilkes Booth, the president’s future killer, performed. It was only a few days before Lincoln would depart to Pennsylvania, where he would deliver his infamous “Gettysburg Address.”

The two men crossed paths again in early 1865, when Lincoln delivered his second inaugural address. A photograph still exists showing John Wilkes Booth in the crowd of spectators.

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