How did John Wilkes Booth get past the President Lincoln armed guards at Ford’s theater?

hopethisemailainttaken asked:

Have searched the net and seen many docs, but that detail is never addressed.

From B. Nash: In answer to your question-there were no armed guards! Lincoln’s footman Charles Forbes was sitting outside the box entry. He was not there to protect the president in any official capacity (or in any other way). It is documented that Booth handed Forbes his calling card-which served to “permit” entry into Lincoln’s theater box. The individual who was assigned to Lincoln that evening-John Parker- was armed but not at his post. Some believe that Parker left his duty post for a drink of alcohol. Thus, Abraham Lincoln sat in the box with his wife and guests unprotected. Forbes had no reason to suspect any ill-will towards Lincoln from Booth-so he let him pass. Lincoln actually had another visitor to his box prior to Booth that evening-so it probably didn’t seem all that abnormal. Booth was probably amazed at his good fortune. The rest is history. 

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5 Responses to “How did John Wilkes Booth get past the President Lincoln armed guards at Ford’s theater?”

  1. Chuck Gallagher says:

    Who is the fellow conspirator that brought Parker to the saloon. What evidence is there he was involved in the assassination ?

  2. Troy Davis says:

    President Lincoln’s guard was John Parker. He was invited to have a drink by a fellow conspirator. Parker was escorted to the tavern next to the theatre. Booth was waiting at the tavern for their arrival. When they came in, Booth knew the president was unguarded. He got up and left the tavern and headed to the theatre. He walked in the theatre’s front door and was warmly greeted by the ushers. He went up the stairs to the balcony, walked in back of the audience and into the hallway leading to the president’s box.

    Booth was able to do this because he was a famous actor and worked at the theatre. He was a frequent visitor. His appearance was welcome and did not cause any concern.

    Source: Lincoln, Davis, and Booth: Family Secrets

  3. alex says:

    John was an actor of his day, so it was common for him to be at the theater.

  4. John C. Cox says:

    “He was a famous actor. The Leodardo DiCaprio of his day, so to speak.”

    You have got to be kidding! LOL!

    Richard Burton OK, Humphrey Bogart OK, I’ll even give you, and I’m
    really cutting some slack here, Mel Gibson..but Leonardo DiCaprico?

    That’s like saying Enrico Caruso was the Justin Bieber of his day!

    I have to go throw up now.

  5. Star93 says:

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    He was a famous actor. The Leodardo DiCaprio of his day, so to speak. He was seen at the theater all the time, so no one thought much of him wanting to go upstairs to see the President.

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