Unsolved History: Season 2, Episode 8

Plots to Kill Lincoln (4 Feb. 2004)

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The multiple plots and conspiracies to assassinate President Lincoln before that of John Wilkes Booth.


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Episode credited cast:
Heather Burton ...
Gregory A. Gale ...
Conspirator #1
Dan Galiaso ...
Conspirator #4
Carriage Driver
Kathleen Kern ...
Narrator (voice)
David E. Long ...
Himself - East Carolina University
Eric U. Lowman ...
Union Soldier
Daniel Martinez ...
Himself - historian
Malcom McCuaig ...
Conspirator #3
William Seale ...
Himself - White House Historian
Gary Sullivan ...
Conspirator #2
Woodrow Wilson ...
Himself (archive footage)


The multiple plots and conspiracies to assassinate President Lincoln before that of John Wilkes Booth.

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In this program viewers lean about a secret plan to ambush the President-elect Lincoln's coach as he traveled to Washington to deliver his inaugural address. The show uncovers evidence of a Confederate scheme to kidnap Lincoln and use him as a bargaining chip at the post-Civil War negotiation table. Also historians reveal a crude plan to kill Lincoln with Yellow Fever, details of a land mine that was nearly buried beneath the White House and more. The most interesting part of the show, however, was the assassination plan of the Confederacy's President. Unsolved Mysteries reported that Colonel Ulrich Dahlgren was the leader of a secret Richmond raid, approved by Abraham Lincoln, to assassinate Jefferson Davis and his cabinet. It was alleged that Dahlgren, who was killed, had on his person several documents including a letter which said, "The men must be kept together, and well in hand, and once in the city, it must be destroyed and Jeff Davis and his cabinet killed." In this program rare document experts Stanley L. Klos and Edward Bomsey examine the letter at the Library of Congress. Their findings added greatly to the program's ethos.

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