The President, meanwhile, was carried across the street to Petersen’s Boarding House. The much-loved son of Nancy Hanks and Tom Lincoln was diagonally placed on a bed which was too small for his 6'4" frame. His wound was mortal.
News of the shooting quickly spread. Written reports, intended for public reading, predicted a very bad outcome:
Condition Considered Hopeless
Will Not Live Through Night Doctors Declare
America, just ending the disastrous Civil War, now faced a "national calamity" with the death of her President. Booth’s plan, however, was not just to kill Mr. Lincoln.
At the precise moment that the actor was in the theater, one of his co-conspirators was attempting to murder Secretary of State William Seward.