Is it true that John Wilkes Booth original plot for Lincoln was just to kidnap him and keep him hostage?

sph95 asked:

I read that he was going to keep him hostage in the south.

From B. Nash: Yes, John Wilkes Booth had planned on taking Prfesident Lincoln hostage for exhange of Confederate POWS. He thought that it would aid the Confederate war effort. He had devised a plan to kidnap Lincoln while the President was attending the theater. Others record that he had planned to catch Lincoln while in a buggy enroute to a performance. Of course, the kidnap didn’t happen. When Richmond fell, Booth changed his mind from kidnap to murder. 
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4 Responses to “Is it true that John Wilkes Booth original plot for Lincoln was just to kidnap him and keep him hostage?”

  1. B. Nash says:

    Perry: Welcome. Glad you came by!

  2. perry says:

    I,m a native Detroiter, Love history and Lincoln. My family took me J.L. Hudson for a Vernors and ice cream float in 1966.

  3. Quasimodo1957 says:

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    That’s true indeed sir. Where did you read or hear of this? You’ve an interst in History. Good so far.

    This was one of the plots/scenarios that was tossed around amongst the conspirators. But things changed obviously. Apparently a bigger statement had to be made.

    Do me a favor. It still should be in print but please read “The Day Lincoln Was Shot” by the late Jim Bishop. It’s a great read and it’s a novel-esque type book that uses fact and blends it into a novel genre read.

    From there you can dig deeper into this mystery. There was always the theory that Stanton, the Secretary of War was involved. All the bridges out of Washington were closed and guarded except one single bridge that Booth crossed over and escaped.

    Read on man. By the way…Bishop wrote “The Day Christ Died” as well. Another good read. After that, move on to William Manchester. Look him up. You won’t be disappointed.

  4. redunicorn says:

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    “Booth’s other kidnap plans, such as seizing Lincoln inside a theater, fell through. On April 9, 1865, General Lee surrendered to General Grant at Appomattox. On April 11 the president gave his last speech from the White House. Booth, Herold, and Powell were in the audience. Among other things, Lincoln discussed possible new rights for certain blacks. He suggested conferring voting rights “on the very intelligent, and on those who serve our cause as soldiers.” Booth was enraged! He said, “Now, by God! I’ll put him through. That is the last speech he will ever make.”

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