The Gun, The Knife and The Bullet From the Lincoln Assassination
On April 14, 1865, John Wilkes Booth shot Abraham Lincoln at Ford’s Theater. Lincoln died at 7:22 am on April 15
At 11:40 in the evening of April 14, 1912 the unsinkable Titanic on its maiden voyage hit an iceberg in the North Atlantic. The great ship went down at 2:20 am April 15 taking over 1,500 lives.
Our AP news photograph above is from 1965 when the 100th anniversary of the Lincoln assassination was observed.
RELICS OF ASSASSINATION
These are some of the relics associated with the assassination of President Lincoln. The small pistol in the center is the pistol used by John Wilkes Booth. The dot just below it is the bullet dug from Lincoln’s head. The knife to the right of the pistol was used to stab Major Rathbone, the President’s bodyguard. The pistol at extreme right is the one Booth was carrying when caught. The boot was worn by Booth at the time of the assassination . Other weapons were taken from members of a gang which associated with Booth. (AP News features Photo For use Sunday, April 11, 1965)
Where are these relics today. Many of Lincoln’s assassination relics are spread among different institutions.
The gun that Booth used is now on exhibit at Ford’s Theater Museum.
The bullet is on display at the National Museum of Health and Medicine in Silver Spring, Maryland,
As far as the knife goes there is doubt that the knife in the picture is the one used to stab Major Rathbone. There is a knife on display at Ford’s Theater, but it may not have even belonged to Booth.