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Mary Devlin Booth, first wife of Edwin Booth (the foremost American Shakespearean performer of the 19th century), died on Feb. 21, 1863. She is buried at Mount Auburn. Edwin Booth, who died in 1893, is buried beside her and their daughter and her family share the plot.

Mary Devlin Booth, first wife of Edwin Booth (the foremost American Shakespearean performer of the century), died on Feb. She is buried at Mount Auburn. Edwin Booth, who died in is buried beside her and their daughter and her family share the plot.

John Wilkes Booth with his brothers, Junius and Edwin. Missouri History Museum

John Wilkes Booth with his brothers, Junius and Edwin - Missouri History Museum

Confederate volunteers, 1861. This is one of my favorite Civil War photos. …

In November of amidst rumors of an invading army sent to rescue John Brown from execution, Virginia Governor Henry Wise called for a militia deployment to Charlestown. John Wilkes Booth accompanied that Militia as member of the Richmond Grays.

Confederate sympathizer, John Wilkes Booth, began plotting, not the kidnapping, but the assassination of then President Lincoln after he heard the President share his "serenade" speech in November of 1864.

Confederate sympathizer, John Wilkes Booth, began plotting, not the kidnapping, but the assassination of then President Lincoln after he heard the President share his "serenade" speech in November of

Laura Keene, starring actress in "Our American Cousin" at Ford's Theatre April 14, 1865. She was in the wings ready to go back on stage when friend and fellow actor, J. Wilkes Booth leaped to the stage from the Presidential Box and defiantly shouts at the audience before limping off stage and escaping into the night.  *s*

Laura Keene, starring actress in "Our American Cousin" at Ford's Theatre April…

Letter from Clara Harris, to her friend Mary, recounting the Lincoln assassination. She and her fiancé, Harry Rathbone, were guests of the Lincolns that night at the theatre, and Rathbone was stabbed by Booth.  April 25, 1865.  NYHS Image #81409d.

Letter dated April 1865 from Clara Harris to her friend Mary recounting the Lincoln assassination. She and her fiancé, Major Henry Rathbone, were guests of the Lincolns at Ford's Theater. Rathbone was stabbed by Booth but survived.

Grave Marker- John Wilkes Booth, assassin, is shot dead near Bowling Green VA The body was buried in a storage room at the Old Penitentiary, later moved to a warehouse at the Washington Arsenal on Oct. 1, 1867. In 1869, the remains were again identified before being released to the Booth family, where they were buried in the family plot at Green Mount Cemetery in Baltimore, after a burial ceremony.

Booth Family gravesite, Green Mount Cemetery, where John Wilkes Booth is buried in an unmarked grave

William Wallace Lincoln, 11-year-old son of Abraham and Mary, died at the White House on February 20, 1862. He apparently died of Typhus, contracted by contaminated water. Elizabeth Keckly, the former slave who designed Mrs. Lincoln's beautiful wardrobe, washed and dressed him. When the President gazed at him, he mourned, "My poor boy, he was too good for this earth. God has called him home..."

In an elegant White House guest room, the son of Abraham and Mary Lincoln lay ill in a huge carved rosewood bed, now known as the Lincoln Bed. on February William Wallace Lincoln died.

John Surratt circa 1868. Surratt was the son of Mary Surratt and friend of John Wilkes Booth. He was the only Lincoln conspirator who got away. #civilwar

John Surratt: The Lincoln Conspirator Who Got Away

John Surratt circa Surratt was the son of Mary Surratt and friend of John Wilkes Booth. He was the only Lincoln conspirator who got away. Kind of looks like Benedict Cumberbatch, my imaginary boyfriend

Clara Harris and Henry Rathbone married a year after Lincoln's death.    Henry grew increasingly despondent over his failed attempt to stop John Wilkes Booth, blaming himself for the president's death. Tormented by paranoia and delusions, Henry eventually stabbed Clara to death, and was confined to an insane asylum until his death. Following her tragic death, Clara's blood stained Ford's Theatre dress became the subject of several ghost stories.

Clara Harris Rathbone This isn't marketing, but I do love a good backstory. The lives of three women were slowly but irrevocably be.

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