5 Things You Never Knew About America's Notorious Assassin

These facts about John Wilkes Booth will shock you.
  1. According to Booth family lore, when JWB was being nursed at 6 months old, his mother saw flames from the fire form the word "Country" then shift to form her son's name. She suspects her son would become a soldier and die for his country.
  2. John's brother Edwin is even today regarded as one of the greatest actors in American history.
  3. General Ulysses S. Grant was supposed to be in the State Box at Ford's Theatre with Mr. And Mrs. Lincoln and thus would also have been assassinated; however, Mrs. Grant had a bad feeling and insisted they not attend.
  4. John Wilkes Booth had expected to be hailed a hero of the South for killing Lincoln, and was shocked to find his actions almost universally condemned.
  5. Mary Surratt, a widowed boardinghouse keeper and Confederate sympathizer, was sentenced to hang for conspiring with JWB. She was the first woman to be executed by the U.S. Federal Government.
  6. If you want to learn more about one of the most notorious assassins in America, check out FATES AND TRAITORS by bestselling author Jennifer Chiaverini.