On April 14, 1865, President and Mrs. Lincoln went to Ford's Theatre with Clara Harris and her fiancé, Henry Rathbone.
At 10:15, as the audience roared at the climactic line ("You sockdologizing old mantrap"), actor and Southern sympathizer John Wilkes Booth shot Lincoln and severely wounded Rathbone with a knife. The attack was part of a plan to destroy influential members of the government.
Despite breaking a leg as he leaped onto the stage during his getaway, Booth mounted a waiting horse and escaped into southern Maryland. Lincoln, taken to a house across from the theater, died the next morning.