Abraham Lincoln was assassinated by John Wilkes Booth on this date in 1865. Lincoln died the next morning.

On April 26, Booth and co-conspirator David Herold were surrounded while hiding in a tobacco shed in Port Royal, Virginia. Herold surrendered to Union troops, but Booth held out and was shot while the shed burned down around him.

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Read The New York Times story from the day after the assassination, headlined Awful Event.