What if Lincoln didn’t abolish slavery?

Lincoln freed the slaves but, it almost didn’t happen. Why? Some people tried to kill him before he took office.

Who tried to assassinate Abraham Lincoln?

Abraham Lincoln, the 16th President of the United States, was assassinated by well-known stage actor John Wilkes Booth on April 14, 1865, while attending the play Our American Cousin at Ford’s Theatre in Washington, D.C. Shot in the head as he watched the play, Lincoln died the following day at 7:22 am, in the Petersen House opposite the theater. He was the first U.S. president to be assassinated, with his funeral and burial marking an extended period of national mourning.

Occurring near the end of the American Civil War, the assassination was part of a larger conspiracy intended by Booth to revive the Confederate cause by eliminating the three most important officials of the United States government. Conspirators Lewis Powell and David Herold were assigned to kill Secretary of State William H. Seward, and George Atzerodt was tasked with killing Vice President Andrew Johnson. Beyond Lincoln’s death, the plot failed: Seward was only wounded and Johnson’s would-be attacker lost his nerve. After a dramatic initial escape, Booth was killed at the climax of a 12-day manhunt. Powell, Herold, Atzerodt and Mary Surratt were later hanged for their roles in the conspiracy. [source]

Did you know that there was an assassination attempt on Lincoln’s life prior to him accepting the oath of office as President? If said attempt was successful, would slavery still exist today as it did, back then? No one can say for sure, obviously, but I am grateful that the leader of the action (pictured below) was not successful.

Do you know his name?

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A Different Point of View

So, who tried to kill Abraham Lincoln?

Cipriano Ferrandini

In “The Lincoln Conspiracy: The Secret Plot to Kill America’s 16th President – and Why It Failed,” Brad Meltzer and Josh Mensch provide a remarkable and often riveting account of an alleged plot to kill Lincoln in Baltimore on the way to his inauguration in Washington in February 1861. Historians still disagree on the details of the plan, including how many conspirators were involved and how great a threat it presented to the president-elect. But as the authors recount in the book’s opening scene, the threat was taken seriously enough that Lincoln was disguised as the “invalid” brother of a young woman and sneaked into Washington early on an overnight train to thwart the anticipated attempt on his life.

Meltzer and Mensch remind readers that in much of the South, Lincoln was so unpopular that ballots were not distributed for him. As a result, in the election of 1860 not a single vote was cast for Lincoln in Alabama, Arkansas, Georgia, Mississippi, South Carolina, Louisiana, North Carolina, Florida, Tennessee and Texas. On Dec. 20, six weeks after Lincoln’s victory, South Carolina would secede from the United States, citing in part “an increasing hostility on the part of the non-slaveholding states to the Institution of Slavery.”

Cipriano Ferrandini was a hairdresser from Corsica who emigrated to Baltimore, and established himself as the long-time barber and hairdresser in the basement of Barnum’s Hotel. There he practiced his trade from the mid 1850s to his retirement long after the close of the Civil War. He was accused, but never indicted for plotting to assassinate Abraham Lincoln on February 23, 1861, and while once caught in a secessionist dragnet in 1862, was never prosecuted for his pro-Southern convictions.

For further study:

The Thwarted Plot to Kill Lincoln on the Streets of Baltimore | Boundary Stones: WETA's Washington DC History Blog

155 Years Ago: Tuesday, February 19, 1861 | The Civil War Project (TCWP)

The Unsuccessful Plot to Kill Abraham Lincoln | History | Smithsonian Magazine

 

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