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Factual errors 

In the film, all of the flags at Ford's Theater are American flags. Booth caught his spur on the Treasury flag after jumping from the Presidential box.
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Jump to: Anachronisms (2) | Character error (2) | Continuity (1) | Errors in geography (1) | Factual errors (7) | Plot holes (1) | Revealing mistakes (1) | Spoilers (2)

Anachronisms 

The locomotive has a modern automatic coupler. Its predecessor, the Janney or Buckey coupler, was patented in 1873.
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One character says that Mary Surratt should be shown clemency "because of her age and gender". The word "gender", until the very late 20th century, was only a term used in grammar assigning a masculine, feminine or neuter association to a noun. The speaker would certainly have used the word "sex".
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Character error 

One of the characters calls Aiken "Frederick Sebastian Aiken". His middle name was 'Augustus'.
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Anne tells Aiken her brother's room is upstairs on the left. He goes upstairs and makes a right into the room. From the camera angle it is on the left, but from Aiken's perspective it is on the right.
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Continuity 

When Anna Surrat takes pieces of broken glass out of the window, the shot from Aiken's point of view the window shows an intact window.
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Errors in geography 

In the film, the conspirators are kept in a prison miles from Washington. They were actually held in the Old Capitol Prison, the site of the current Supreme Court, in the center of town.
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Factual errors 

When Booth is trapped and killed, he still has his distinctive mustache. He shaved his face soon after he killed Abraham Lincoln, to make himself less recognizable.
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In the film, President Abraham Lincoln is carried out of the theater and across the street in his full suit, with his shirt neatly in place. According to historical accounts, after Lincoln was shot Dr. Charles Leale and the doctors assisting him in Ford's Theater cut away much of Lincoln's coat and shirt, in a frantic attempt to resuscitate him, before he was moved.
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In the film, Surrat is pronounced "Sir-Raht," to rhyme with "cot." It should be pronounced "Sir-Rat," to rhyme with "hat."
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When Secretary of State William Seward is stabbed in his bed, the room is shown as being brightly lit. According to historical accounts, though, the room was quite dark, which accounts for Lewis Payne's failure to kill Seward; he missed hitting any vital areas with his knife because he simply could not see his target very well in the dark room. In addition, the elderly Seward was very thin, almost literally 'all skin and bones,' which caused Payne's thrusts to miss their mark.
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When Aiken first meets Mary Surratt, she asks him how old he is, and he says he is 27. Aiken was born in September 1832, which would make him 33 at the time of Lincoln's death.
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In the film, when Abraham Lincoln is carried into the bedroom of the Peterson Boarding House after being shot, the room is brightly lit. According to all historical accounts, the room was very dark, illuminated by one small gas jet lamp on the wall. In addition, Lincoln is also placed on the bed with his head toward the wall and his feet closest to the doctors. In real life, he was placed with his feet toward the wall and his head closest to the open side of the bed. A historical photograph of the death bed after Lincoln was removed confirms it.
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The assassination attempt of William Henry Seward is almost totally incorrect. A servant met Lewis Powell, who was pretending to bring Steward medicine, at the door and tried to stop him from entering. Fred told Powell to come back later because his father was asleep. Fanny, who had dark haired, opened the door to tell Fred that their father was awake. Fred closed the door on her and turned back to Powell, who shot at his head. The gun misfired and he bashed Fred's skull in, leaving a hole and exposing his brain. Powell entered the dark room and shoved Fanny aside as she tried to stop him from attacking Seward. He began stabbing Seward, whose jaw splint deflected the blows somewhat, saving his life. Seward managed to roll off the bed and under it before losing consciousness. Gus and the soldier nurse entered and fought with Powell, who stabbed both about 7 times each before fleeing the scene.
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Plot holes 

The actors from "Our American Cousin" are locked in a cell at the Washington Arsenal Prison, but we're never told why. They are witnesses, not criminals.
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Revealing mistakes 

When Aiken visits Mary in her cell, she recites a verse from the bible. but they get the book wrong. she says "Proverbs," but the verse she recites is in the book of Psalms; Psalm 139:23-24.
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Factual errors 

At the hanging, the nooses are placed loosely around the necks of the condemned prisoners, and remain loose until the end. To be effective, the noose must be tightened snugly around the neck to prevent the condemned from slipping out of it when the trap is released.
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In the burning Virginia-barn scene shortly before John Wilkes Booth is shot and killed, he is shown wielding what appears to be a single-shot, Sharps .52-caliber 1863-model carbine. Historical accounts -- and even the supposed captured Booth "barn-taken" carbine once on display in a Washington, D.C., museum -- show it to an 1860-model Spencer carbine, a seven-shot, 56/50-caliberr repeater.
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