There are over 15,000 books about Abraham Lincoln. What sets my story apart from those is that I thought it would be interesting to examine the dynamic between Abraham Lincoln and John Wilkes Booth in the hours leading up to the assassination. The introduction of a fictional third person examines the interaction between Booth and Lincoln almost as if the three of them were entwined in a type of dance.
As the morning of April 14th dawned, no one could have foreseen the events leading up to the murder of the President later that evening. In fact, throughout the entire day, the activities of both Lincoln and Booth were fluid and variable.
Lincoln’s plans originally had him at another theater, but Mary Lincoln wanted to see Our American Cousin. General Grant and his wife were invited to be their guests but turned down the invitation. Would Grant’s presence, and perhaps an attache assigned to the General, instead of Major Rathbone and his fiancé, have made a difference?
Booth originally wanted to kidnap the President but missed his chance to do so several times – all because Lincoln’s plans were altered on those occasions so that he was not where the conspirators thought he would be. Now upon learning the Lincolns were to appear at Ford’s Theatre on the evening of April 14th, would Booth be able to carry out his diabolical plot?
On that fateful day, with one not knowing what the other was doing, the time traveler allows the reader to peek behind the scenes as the momentous hour approached.
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