April 14, 1865: Abraham Lincoln Is Shot
On this day in 1865, John Wilkes Booth, a supporter of the Confederacy and of slavery, shot Lincoln as the president and his wife watched a performance at Ford’s Theatre in Washington, D.C.
The president died the next morning, and Vice President Andrew Johnson entered the nation’s highest office.
Chronicle the life of the 16th President of the United States with American Experience’s Abraham Lincoln biography.
Photo: An 1863 daguerreotype of Lincoln, at the age of 54.
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Caltrops, nails or spikes twisted so that one side is always sticking up while the other three form a stable base. Still used today, they have a surprisingly ancient history. Referred to as “crow’s-feet” by the Macedonian author Polyaenus, caltrops were deployed by the Persian leader King Darius III during the Battle of Gaugamela in 331 BCE. The Macedonian army of Alexander the Great was renowned for their horses and chariots, and the caltrops were really really bad for them. Of course Alexander the Great won anyway. He even used caltrops himself in later battles.
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It’s a very Greek idea, and a very profound one. Beauty is terror. Whatever we call beautiful, we quiver before it. And what could be more terrifying and beautiful, to souls like the Greeks or our own, than to lose control completely? To throw off the chains of being for an instant, to shatter the accident of our mortal selves? Euripides speaks of the Maenads: head thrown I back, throat to the stars, “more like deer than human being.” To be absolutely free! One is quite capable, of course, of working out these destructive passions in more vulgar and less efficient ways. But how glorious to release them in a single burst! To sing, to scream, to dance barefoot in the woods in the dead of night, with no more awareness of mortality than an animal! These are powerful mysteries. The bellowing of bulls. Springs of honey bubbling from the ground. If we are strong enough in our souls we can rip away the veil and look that naked, terrible beauty right in the face; let God consume us, devour us, unstring our bones. Then spit us out reborn.
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