U.S. Army soldiers found this dagger on Booth’s body after they caught and killed him. It was the dagger he used to stab Major Henry Rathbone at Ford's Theatre. Notice the words engraved in the blade: “Liberty” and “America.”
At the end of Booth’s escape, Booth and David Herold were sleeping in a tobacco barn at Richard Garrett’s Virginia farmhouse when federal troops surrounded them. Herold surrendered, but Booth refused. After several hours of negotiations, the soldiers set the barn on fire. Union soldier Thomas “Boston” Corbett fired the fatal shot into Booth’s neck, ending his escape and avenging the assassinated Lincoln.
The objects found on Booth’s person showed the amount of planning he had put into his escape. He used these weapons for defense and the map and compass to navigate.
In contrast, Booth’s photos of his girlfriends show his human side. He left behind a successful career as a popular actor to act on his hatred of Lincoln.
Soldiers also found Booth’s diary on his person, giving insight into his motives. Read the full transcript.