- The Washington Times - Wednesday, April 12, 2006

The conspiracy as it unfolded in the city

1. Ford’s Theatre: 511 10th St. NW. Lincoln was shot here by John Wilkes Booth at about 10:15 p.m. on April 14, 1865. It is a National Historic Site. Tours self-guided and free. Fifteen-minute historical talks every hour on the quarter hour except between noon and 2 p.m. Museum basement has an exhibition related to the assassination, the Civil War and the conspirators. Bookstore offers books and other material related to the Civil War and the assassination. Open 9 a.m.-5 p.m. daily except Dec. 25. The theater may be closed to visitors because of performance schedule. 202/426-6924 or fordstheatre.org

2. Home of William Petersen: 516 10th St. NW. The home of a German immigrant tailor, just across the street from the theater. Lincoln was carried here after the assassination and died here at 7:22 a.m. April 15. It is part of the Ford’s Theatre National Historic Site.

3. Home of Secretary of State William H. Seward: 717 Madison Place NW, on the east side of Lafayette Square. Conspirator Lewis Powell (aka Lewis Paine) forced his way in at about 10:15 p.m. April 14. He pistol-whipped Seward’s son Fred, slashed Seward’s bodyguard George Robinson with a bowie knife, stabbed Seward, slashed Seward’s son Gus and stabbed a State Department messenger as conspirator David Herold waited outside on his horse.

4. Kirkwood House Hotel: Northeast corner of 12th Street and Pennsylvania Avenue Northwest. Vice President Andrew Johnson was staying here. Conspirator George Atzerodt, assigned to kill Johnson at 10 p.m. April 14, checked into Room 126 but spent the night drinking in the hotel bar and apparently never mustered the courage.

5. Home of Secretary of War Edwin M. Stanton: 14th and K streets Northwest, across from Franklin Square. Conspirator Michael O’Loughlen appeared here about 10:30 p.m. April 13, the night before the assassination, but was ordered to leave by Stanton’s son.

6. Surratt boardinghouse: 604 H St. NW. Now in the heart of Chinatown, this simple row house was once the boardinghouse of Mary Surratt, who moved into the District after the death of her husband in 1862. It also was the meeting place for a number of the conspirators. Lewis Powell, who had left behind the devastation in the Seward household, was apprehended after making his way here on April 17. Booth himself apparently stopped by several times during the day on April 14.

7. F Street Northwest: After shooting Lincoln, Booth made his way east on F Street, passing Judiciary Square on his way to Pennsylvania Avenue and 11th Street Southeast.

8. Navy Yard Bridge: Booth talked his way past the guard at this bridge at the foot of 11th Street Southeast, which was situated almost exactly where the modern 11th Street Bridge is now.

9. Good Hope Road: In Anacostia, called Uniontown then, Booth made his way out of town over Harrison Street (now Good Hope Road), passing between Forts Baker and Wagner.

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