He and his party went down H Street NW for about 7 tenths of a mile. The presidential party made a right on 10 Street NW and went down three blocks before stopping in front of Ford's Theater. The show that evening was the hit "Our American Cousins".
April 14, 1865. Abraham Lincoln had about 24 hours to live.
Five days earlier General Lee surrendered the Confederate Army of Virginia to General Grant.
The Presidential party arrived late for the show, but the President was reported to be in a great mood. Lincoln and his wife were accompanied by Henry Rathbone, a young officer in the army, and Rathbone's fiancée- Clara Harris who was the daughter of New York Senator Ira Harris (the only Ira to serve in the US Senate we think).
Sometime between 10:15 and 10:25, John Wilkes Booth, a famous actor who had failed in his attempt to kidnap the President on March 20. 1865, snuck up behind the President and shot him in the head. Rathbone leaped up and grabbed Booth. Booth dropped his derringer and produced a knife and stabbed Rathbone in the arm. Booth then fled the presidential box, leaping on to the stage and shouting Sic Semper Tyrannis ("Thus ever to tyrants") - the motto of Virginia. Booth's left foot and his riding spur became entangled with a flag draping the box, and Booth landed awkwardly, breaking his leg.
Dr. Charles Leal was in attendance and gave aid to the President who was slumped over in his chair. He was soon joined by Dr. Charles Sabin Taft. Leal removed a blood clot from the entry wound behind the left ear of the president, and Lincoln's labored breathing improved. Soldiers arrived and took the dying president through a light rain to the house of tailor William Peterson. The doctors had judged the ride to the White House as too difficult for the dying president.
Lincoln's oldest son Robert Todd Lincoln arrived along with Secretary of the Navy Gideon Wells and Secretary of War Edward M. Stanton. Throughout the night more doctors and government officials arrived, as well as Lincoln's faithful secretary John Hay.
At 7:22 AM on April 15, 1865, the 16th President of the United States died without regaining consciousness.
Secretary Stanton was widely reported to have said "Now he belongs to the ages".