President Lincoln's Last Day

April 14th, 1865

Lincoln wakes up

April 14, 1865 7:00 am - April 14, 1865 8:00 am

Breakfast with his family

April 14, 1865 8:00 am - April 14, 1865 9:00 am

The president usually ate one egg and a cup of coffee for breakfast. He sat with his wife and two sons at the table.

Read the morning papers

April 14, 1865 9:00 am - April 14, 1865 10:00 am

After breakfast he excused himself from the table and went to his office to read some papers

Met with the Grants

April 14, 1865 10:00 am - April 14, 1865 11:00 am

Discussed going to Ford's theatre with John Wilke's Booth's fiance's father, General Grant. They actually planned to decline the invitation and go on an afternoon train ride out of Washington.

Cabinet Meeting

April 14, 1865 11:00 am - April 14, 1865 2:00 pm

Lincoln went to his cabinet meeting

Lunch after the meeting

April 14, 1865 2:00 pm - April 14, 1865 3:00 pm

Though it is not recorded, Lincoln most likely informed his wife that the Grants would not be able to accompany them that evening to see "Our American Cousin" at Ford's Theatre. They were going to see their children outside of Washington instead.

Discussion with Andrew Johnson

April 14, 1865 3:00 pm - April 14, 1865 4:00 pm

The president met with Andrew Johnson, the current vice president for about 20 minutes. He then met with a former slave about her husband missing paychecks from working in the army. He promised to look into the matter.

Work day is done

April 14, 1865 4:00 pm - April 14, 1865 5:00 pm

Lincoln's wife Mary wanted to go for a short carriage ride; Abe met with the Assistant Secretary of War for a few minutes

Carriage ride with Mary

April 14, 1865 5:00 pm - April 14, 1865 6:00 pm

He met a few folks on the way, and shook one man's hand who said he'd give away his other hand just to shake the president's.

Dinner is served

April 14, 1865 6:00 pm - April 14, 1865 7:00 pm

Two old friends of the Lincoln't stopped by after the carriage ride. They chatted in his office then once dinner was ready, they headed back on the road. Lincoln ate dinner with his family. A young couple accepted Mary's invitation to Ford's Theatre. They would pick them up on their way to the show.

Preparing to go to the play

April 14, 1865 7:00 pm - April 14, 1865 8:00 pm

The president's bodyguards switched shifts, then they were off to the carriage to go to the theatre.

On the way to the play

April 14, 1865 8:00 pm - April 14, 1865 9:00 pm

They left the White House at about 8:05 pm, picked up their guests then arrived at the theatre at 8:30 pm. It had already started. They were seated in a box above the stage.

Watching the play

April 14, 1865 9:00 pm - April 14, 1865 10:00 pm

It was the second act. The president's bodyguard was bored, and slipped away before the third act began to get a drink at the bar down the street.

The assassination

April 14, 1865 10:00 pm - April 14, 1865 11:00 pm

John Wilkes Booth came up to the president's box, pulled out a gun and shot Lincoln in the back of the head. After realizing what had just occurred, the first lady gasped and cried out. John Wilkes Booth tangled with their guest, Henry Rathbone, then out of an act of desperation, Booth jumped out of the box. 11 feet later, he had a broken leg and ankle. He got up and ran.

Mr. Lincoln's last hour

April 14, 1865 11:00 pm - April 15, 1865 12:00 am

A young doctor was summoned up the box to examine the president's wound. After announcing that it was fatal, and that he wound die soon, it was decided that Lincoln should be carried over to the Peterson House. He passed away on one of the guest beds soon after.