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An Evening at the Theater

It was approaching evening on April 14th, 1865, and in the big white house nestled among stately trees and manicured lawns not far from the Potomac River, anticipation was growing for a visit to the theater for the presentation of “Our American Cousin”. Unaware of the fateful events about to be unfolding, the couple in evening dress summoned their carriage, rode down the gravel driveway and were taken a short distance to the theater entrance where they and their companions were escorted to the ornate, flag-draped private box that would provide an excellent view of the production. The actors were superb and the Ford’s Theater audience was thoroughly enjoying the play until at about 10:13 PM, during the third act, a single derringer shot rang out and -------- you know the rest of the story.