Where to Learn More

Ambrose Bierce (1814-1914?). [Online] http://www.creative.net~alang/lit/ horror/abierce.sht (accessed on October 8, 1999).

The Ambrose Bierce Appreciation Society. [Online] http://idt.net/~damone/ gbierce.html (accessed on October 8, 1999).

Bierce, Ambrose. Ambrose Bierce's Civil War. Edited by William McCann. Chicago: Regnery, 1956. Reprint, New York: Wings Books, 1996.

Morris, Roy. Ambrose Bierce: Alone in Bad Company. New York: Oxford University Press, 1998.

Wiggins, Robert A. Ambrose Bierce. Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press, 1964.

John Wilkes Booth

Born May 10, 1838 Bel Air, Maryland Died April 26, 1865 Port Royal, Virginia

Stage actor and Southern sympathizer who assassinated President Abraham Lincoln

Born May 10, 1838 Bel Air, Maryland Died April 26, 1865 Port Royal, Virginia

I ohn Wilkes Booth was a fanatical supporter of the Confed-I erate cause during the Civil War. On April 14, 1865—as people throughout the North celebrated the end of the conflict—Booth made a deranged (insane) attempt to strike one final blow for the South. He shot Abraham Lincoln (1809-1865; see entry) as the president sat watching a play at Ford's Theatre in Washington, D.C. Lincoln died the following day. Although Booth and his accomplices (partners in crime) were soon captured, the assassination sent shock waves through the country. Lincoln's violent death made it much more difficult for the North and South to resolve their differences after the war.

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