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The “Autopsy” of John Wilkes Booth
May 16th, 2015

Join us Saturday, May 16, at 11:00 AM and 2:30 PM at the National Civil War Naval Museum for a unique experience.  Jeff Seymour, museum historian, will take the public, step by step, through the visual autopsy, or inquest, of John Wilkes Booth.


Shot through the neck by an army Sergeant in Port Royal, VA, Booth died early on the morning of April 26, 1865, twelve days after assassinating President Abraham Lincoln at Ford’s Theatre in Washington, DC.  His body was sewn into a blanket and carried, by wagon and by steamer, up the Potomac River to Alexandria.   From there, his body was carried by tugboat to the monitor class Montauk where those known to Booth were called in to identify the body.   


Discover exactly what happened aboard the Montauk on April 27, 1865, who was present, and what was recorded to have been said.  Find out what really happened to the body of John Wilkes Booth in the days and years following the autopsy inquest.


Jeff Seymour and others will recreate this historic event at the museum on the exhibit deck of the Monitor.  These productions are first-come first-served only.  Regular admission fees apply.  For more information, call 706-327-9798.