Challenge: Have Lincoln kill Booth.

Have Abraham Lincoln kill John Wilkes Booth.

Bonus: Booth's President of the United States.
Extra Bonus: Its at the Ford Theater.
Bonus times Three: Its with the same type of weapon.
So, something like the President hears the door open and turns, seeing John Wilkes Booth, perhaps he yells, there is a scuffle between himself, Booth and Rathbone which ends up with Booth traveling over the end of the end of the Presidential box onto the ground floor, breaking his neck?

something like that.


Lincoln steps out for some reason, Booth sneaks in, and Lincoln runs right into him about 10 seconds later, Booth semi panics after being knocked over by Lincoln, falls over the balcony and lands on his head, breaking his neck, killing him.
Boothe rose from the presidential box at Ford's Theatre and then stumbled forward catching himself on the Confederate flag that adorned the front of the upper section. He held his head where the bullet had struck him and then fell head over heels to the stage below.

The spotlight on him still, the Tall gaunt man in white-face wearing the old worn clown suit muttered "Sic Semper Tyrannis!". With the gun smoking in his hand looking so small in his immense hand, he bowed to the stunned audience. An actual smile across his face joining the painted one that had been the only one present these past many years. Then with his left hand he took out another gun he had hidden on himself and shot himself in the head. The bullet entering behind his ear.

The doughty woman in white-face next to him, the clown's wife screamed "THE GREAT MAN IS DEAD!". All Hell broke loose at this moment in Ford's Theatre.

Following the collapse of the United States in 1861 the Confederate States became the predominant power in North America. When the other states saw how the South was allowed to leave without a shot fired the old USA just fell apart. Without a leader with the will of someone like Andrew Jackson most historians agree that the nation had become too big and too unwieldy and broke up into its component parts.

The New England Republic with its emancipation and blue laws sitting high on their perch of self righteousness, Texas always threatening to leave the CSA whenever it doesn't get its way. But with the Californian victory in the Mormon War and the Pacific coast state's interest in the interest in Arizona and New Mexico territories Texas has been less vocal in its wishes for independence. New York has of course gone on its own and has been building quite the overseas empire. Then there is the smattering of loose and shifting alliances that make up the remaining territories.

President Boothe was a popular president. His speeches and his sense of dash enthralled most of the free people in the Confederate states. There were some that lament that an actor had become president. They would go and on about how that sort of thing was a sure sign of the beginning of the end and only ill would come of it. But for the most part Boothe was well liked. Being the first head of state to visit Europe while in office he wowed admirers on both sides of the Atlantic. His eulogy at the funeral of Jefferson Davis is considered one of the great speeches of the 19th century.

When the border states joined the CSA Washington became untenable as a capitol. Little did those leaving the US capitol realize there would be no where for them to go. The District of Columbia by default fell into CSA hands. So it was that on Friday April 11th, 1884 that President Boothe found himself in that fair city. He visited many of the sites and answered reporter's questions on the lawn of the White House. A bit of forewarning came about when a reporter asked him about emancipation in the old South. He now famously said with that verve and panache he could muster "Not while I am still alive, not while I still draw breath". A tall gaunt man in the back of the crowd watched as he left. They would meet later in the theatre.

History still wonders about Lincoln. A performer popular for his dark wit and grotesque appearance. No one suspected what darkness that wit hid until that fateful night on the Potomac. Had he always been insane? What happened to him when he was captured in the Black Hawk War? Was the untimely deaths of several of his children behind his madness? His wife could offer no clue as she was insane and ended her days in a sanitarium.
There needs to be some sort of shooting accident... maybe when Lincoln was personally testing the Spencer rifle. He accidentally discharges the weapon straight up into the air, and the wind brings the bullet down on Boothe's head while he's taking a stroll in downtown DC.
Here's an idea...

POD 1852: Junius Brutus Booth senior, instead of dying while returning from California, lives and returns to Maryland where he joins his wife Mary Ann Booth and continues building “Tudor Hall” his new home at Bel Air Maryland.

-John Wilkes Booth as a result remains at St. Timothy’s boarding school instead of returning home. As a result he develops an even keener interest in the military and flirts with the idea of becoming a soldier and earning glory for his family.

-Due to the coaching and insistence of his father Edwin Booth makes an earlier “re-entrance” into the world of theater and becomes a renowned American tragedian following in his father’s footsteps. His brother’s acting fame coupled with that of his fathers’ pushes Booth even further towards joining the military, causing him to ask his father to call in some favours and use his influence to get him into West Point.

-Booth arrives at West Point in 1856 at 18 and immediately thrives, building off his experience at St. Timothy’s. He becomes one of the top students in his class, though he gravitates towards the Cavalry rather than towards artillery and engineering like some students. Booth’s time at West Point proves to be a formative period in his life where he makes many friends in both Northern and Southern Camps and further refines his political views supporting the Know Nothing Party in 1856 and being somewhat dismayed at the calls for secession as well as the growing abolitionism of the North.

-Booth graduates from West Point near the top of his class in 1860 just ahead of the pivotal election. William Seward is elected POTUS having won the presidency instead of Lincoln. Lincoln meanwhile runs for the House of Representatives in Illinois and wins, eventually being elected Speaker of the House.

-With the secession of the rest of the Confederate States, Booth remains loyal to the Union despite troubles in Maryland. Booth serves with distinction during the Civil War, rising through the ranks rapidly due to the paucity of able cavalry officers in the Union ranks as well as his aggressiveness, intelligence, and charisma. In 1863 Booth becomes one of the youngest Union Brigadier Generals at 25 and commands a brigade under Buford. Booth acquits himself well at Gettysburg attracting some publicity after he assumes the role of a seriously wounded Buford. Later, Booth will succeed Buford as commander of his division and serve with distinction for the remainder of the war.

-Lincoln loses his bid for re-election in 1862 this coupled with a freak carriage accident leaves him struggling with injuries and headaches that effectively sideline him for the rest of the war. However Lincoln does become an outspoken proponent for Civil Rights.

-At the end of the Civil War, Booth musters out of the army and returns to Maryland where his popularity and oratory skill prompt several calls for him to run for office. Booth runs for Congress, receiving the Republican nomination though he runs as a moderate. Booth serves well in Congress but opposes radical reconstruction. His support for Johnson’s policies lead him to be pushed out of the GOP so he runs as an independent and later a Democrat. He later campaigns for Horace Greeley’s Liberal Republican party in 1872 and the Democrats in 1876. The democrats nominate Thomas Hendricks who balances the ticket with the young Booth. Booth campaigns actively and contributes to the Democrat victory greatly. Following the election of Hendricks, the president dies resulting in Booth becoming the youngest president in American history. He is later assassinated by Lincoln who after the death of his wife in the late 1860's becomes infatuated with advancing the cause of Civil Rights and sees the new president as a major obstacle. He shoots Booth in Ford Theater in 1879 attending a showing of "My American Cousin".


Why hasn't this been posted yet?

Booth shoots as soon as he gets a sight of Lincoln. The bullet ricochets off the railing and hits him in the head.

Not exactly Lincoln killing Booth, but it fits the criteria mostly.
You know what this means...George Lucas killed Lincoln. He and Spielberg swapped out Lincoln's gun for a walkie-talkie and he got taken out.

We're looking down the rabbit hole, gentlemen.