Today in D.C. History: A Foiled Lincoln Assassination Plot and ‘Tractor Man’ Snarls Traffic

[President Abraham Lincoln’s catafalque, New York City, N.Y., April 24 or 25, 1865] (LOC)

Today in D.C. History: A Foiled Lincoln Assassination Plot and ‘Tractor Man’ Snarls Traffic
On March 17, 1865 , two Confederate sympathizers, John Wilkes Booth and John Surratt , were positioned near the intersection of what is today 7th Street NW and Georgia and Florida avenues , hoping to assassinate President Abraham Lincoln , who had been expected to visit Campbell General Hospital, one of the city’s three dozen Civil War military hospitals.
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