From the Vault: John Wilkes Booth, Abraham Lincoln and the assassination

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The Baltimore-Washington area played a central role in the events of April 1865. Lincoln, besides governing for more than four years out of Washington, traveled through Baltimore on his way to his first inauguration (and was the target of a foiled assassination plot at the time, many historians believe). His eventual assassin, John Wilkes Booth, was born in Bel Air. After he shot Lincoln, Booth escaped on a route that took him through Southern Maryland. And when the president’s body made its long journey back to his home in Illinois, Baltimore was the first city to hold a public funeral service.