Why Booth Killed Lincoln? - Doug Wead

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http://www.dougwead.com/nancy-hanks-lincoln.html This is a short excerpt from Henry Rollins fascinating series "10 Things You Didn't Know." Here he interviews historian Doug Wead on why John Wilkes Booth assassinated Abraham Lincoln. And how the other conspirators got involved.

According to Doug Wead it was meant to be a kidnapping forcing an exchange of prisoners. Booth may have thought it would work. There were more than 200,000 union soldiers dying in Southern concentration camps and their families wanted them back. But Grant was deep into his war of attrition and would not allow it. Booth thought he would be a hero North and South for breaking the impasse and the infusion of the Confederate POW's would have kept the Southern forces alive.

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