Lincoln Assassination Proclamation of Amnesty and Reconstruction Very lenient, Lincoln wanted to restore the nation as quick and painlessly as possible. Any State could be readmitted to the Union as soon as 10% of its voters agreed to uphold the Constitution and ban slavery. Lincoln’s plan aroused opposition among the Radical Republicans in Congress, who feared the plan would simply restore power to the old planter aristocracy. A Battle was brewing April 14, 1865 – 5 days after the war ended Lincoln planned to attend a play at Ford’s Theater “Our American Cousin” John Wilkes Booth – southern sympathizer shot Lincoln in the back of the head. John Wilkes Booth broke his leg when he leapt to the stage, but managed to escape. Booth along with David Herold avoided capture until April 26, 1865. Federal officers finally killed Booth at Garrett’s farm in Virginia. Lincoln is taken to the private home of William Petersen across the street to be made comfortable. Wound was fatal, nothing could be done to save the President. Throughout the night Politicians, and Government officials came to pay their respects to the dying President. Lincoln died on April 15 at 7:22 am Mary Surrat, Lewis Paine, David Herold, and George Atzerodt were hung on July 7, 1865 .