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The Smithsonian Associates is our nation's outstanding adult learning center for Civil War Studies with thought-provoking courses, seminars, lectures, and battlefield tours conducted by outstanding scholars and study tour leaders.

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Abraham Lincoln died this April. Well, 149 years ago this April. He was shot by John Wilkes Booth while Abraham and Mary Todd Lincoln were in Fordís Theatre. All of this is the stuff of history, well known to most everyone. Less well known are some of the fascinating details.

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Civil War Study Tour Booth’s Escape Route

Sun., May 25, 8:00 a.m.

A single shot in Ford’s Theater on an April night 1865 set off a dramatic chain of events, one of the most sensational of which was John Wilkes Booth’s flight from Washington. Civil War historian Ed Bearss traces his path from the District to Maryland to the Virginia barn where he met his death.

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Don't live near a Civil War site? You can still enjoy an on-line tour with narrative and photos. Sample our most popular tour, the John Wilkes Booth Escape Route, with Ed Bearss.


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