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Abraham Lincolns Motive
is nowhere near adding up to a constitutional amendment, nor. If I could save the Union without freeing any slave I would do it, and if I could save it by freeing all the slaves I would do it; and if I could save it by freeing some and leaving others alone I would also. Although Greeley didnt know it at the time of this exchange, Lincoln had already drafted the Emancipation Proclamation, but was waiting for the Union Army to win a convincing military victory so that he could issue it without an air of desperation. Meanwhile, Lewis Paine forced his way into William Sewards house and stabbed the secretary of state several times before fleeing. The actions were clearly, at least in part, a reaction by the seceding states to the election of a president who hoped to place slavery on a path to extinction.
On July 7, George Atzerodt, Lewis Paine, David Herold, and John Surratts mother, Mary, were hanged in Washington. Hes mad in the sense that hes a fanatic. Technically, the Emancipation Proclamation was taken by Lincoln as a military measure under his commander-in-chief powers. Lincoln had no security guards that night. Booth made his way toward the president. But Booth did work with Confederate agents, and Alford says its likely some in the Confederate government knew about the kidnap plot.
Nothing remained but war. In less than three months Lincoln made his Cooper Union speech in New York, Feb. 27, 1860, with its ringing Right makes Might! 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,.C. Shot in the head as he watched the play, Lincoln died the following day at 7:22.m., in the Petersen House opposite the theater.