Windows on America exhibit
1865 Wanted Sign: A complex conspiracy led to the shooting of Abraham Lincoln, sixteenth president, on April 14 at Ford's Theatre in Washington, D.C. John Wilkes Booth and others hatched a plot to kill Lincoln, General U. S. Grant, and Secretary of State William Seward, hoping to restart the Civil War. Wilkes murdered Lincoln; Grant escaped harm by leaving town; Seward was badly wounded in the attack at his home. Five days after the event Edwin Stanton, secretary of war, had printed a wanted poster offering $100,000 for three suspects. A rare, first strike without the portrait inserts, this broadside announced the closing circle around the assassins. Cornered in a barn in Virginia, Booth refused to surrender. Troops set the barn afire and shot and killed Booth during the confrontation.