Worst Seat in the House: Henry Rathbone's Front Row View of the Lincoln Assassination
Caleb Jenner Stephens, author
On April 14, 1865, John Wilkes Booth changed the world forever with a single bullet. The repercussions from the assassination of Abraham Lincoln were felt far and wide. Having both immediate impact and prolonged effects, President Lincoln's murder haunted America for 150 years, and for Henry Rathbone it altered the man he was meant to be. As the only man to confront the assassin, Henry came face to face with John Wilkes Booth and struggled to apprehend the killer. Though Henry wasn't officially blamed for allowing John Wilkes Booth to kill Abraham Lincoln, he blamed himself and fought with mental demons for the remainder of his life. Vivid memories of Lincoln's death and his failure to capture Booth ultimately caused his mind to unravel and proved a fatal flaw for Henry's wife, Clara.