The Theatre Event That Changed History: Lincoln’s Assassination at Ford’s Theatre

April 14, 1865, was “surely one of Abraham Lincoln’s happiest days” but ended with an assassin’s bullet in his brain. Calling on reports from primary documents and other sources, Candy leads Ashley through the night that Booth and his co-conspirators put their murderous plot into action… a plot that called not only for the death of a President but also two other senior members of the executive branch. Listen to episode 18 to find out what you missed in history class. 

Special thank you to Erik Archilla, co-creator of “1865” for his listener testimonial! (Links to his podcast at the bottom of the page!)


Show Notes for Episode 18!

Image Sources: “Lincoln Borne by Loving Hands,” the only oil painting by an eyewitness, Carl Bersh (top left), Collections of the Library of Congress (bottom left), Ford’s Theatre Logo (Right)


Ford’s Theatre website

“Dr. Charles A. Leale’s Report on the Assassination of Abraham Lincoln,” Journal of the Abraham Lincoln Association, Helena Iles Papaioannou and Daniel W. Stowell 

“The Night Abraham Lincoln Was Assassinated: What Happened on that Fateful Good Friday Evening, by Doris Kearns Goodwin, April 8, 2015

Wikipedia–The Assassination of Abraham Lincoln

“Attending Ford’s Theatre with the Lincolns: The Tragic Lives of Clara Harris and Henry Rathbone,” New-York Historical Society Museum & Library blog, by Maurita, July 10, 2013

Bonus Content:

“1865” on Apple Podcasts

“American Presidents Totalus Rankium” Podcast on Podbean

Published by ashley raymer-brown

Ashley is an award-winning Independent Filmmaker from Northern Kentucky. Her first film, “No Lost Cause” is currently internationally distributed and was recently featured on TBN (Trinity Broadcasting Network). Her memoir recalling her experience creating a film on a micro budget, “The Why Not Philosophy or How We Learned to Let Go, Trust God and Defeat the Raptors,” was released February 2015 and is available on Her second feature film, “The Hepburn Girls” was released on and in the summer of 2016. Ashley is also a long-time lover of all things theatre and in the spring of 2014, she helped found and became the Vice-President of the theatre company, “The Theatre Downstream.” Their first large scale summer musical, “Beauty and the Beast” was awarded Best Musical (Local), Best Actor in a Musical (Local), Best Actress in a Musical (Local), and Best Set Design by the BroadwayWorld Louisville awards in 2016, and their 2017 production of "Annie" sold over 2,100 tickets, a company record-breaking number! No matter what the project, Ashley is happiest when she is able to bring talented people and their art together for the consumption and appreciation of the public. While her taste remains vintage, she is grateful for the technology of the modern world and the opportunity to share her thoughts, aspirations, and misadventures. Her lofty dreams are to create things that people remember and to one day own an alpaca. Above all, she loves God, her family, her friends, her cats, and brownies. External websites: “No Lost Cause”- The Theatre Downstream- “The Why Not Philosophy”-

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: