Tune in tonight for a startling look at how President Lincoln met his end.
The World Premiere Event airs tonight on National Geographic Channel at 8POne gunshot, in one moment, changed our nation forever. This is the most dramatic and reasonant crime in American history: the true story of the killing of Abraham Lincoln.
Based on the New York Times bestseller, and narrated by Tom Hanks, Killing Lincoln combines re-creations with historical insight in a thrilling chronicle of the final days of President Lincoln and his assassin, John Wilkes Booth.
On April 9, 1865 the Confederate Capital of Richmond, Virginia laid in ruins. The Rebel Army had been decimated, and Confederate General Robert E. Lee finally conceded defeat at Appomattox Court House.
Two days later, crowds gathered outside the White House, trampling the flowerbeds and pushing to the front in order to hear their leader address the nation. Expecting words of condemnation for the Southern states, the crowd was shocked to hear President Abraham Lincolnís message of unification, thanking General Ulysses S. Grant and the Union army, and outlining steps to reconstruct the Union. Four days later, Lincoln would be dead, assassinated by an American citizen, a Rebel by the name of John Wilkes Booth.
In the two-hour non-fiction thriller, Killing Lincoln, Executive Producers Ridley Scott and Tony Scott will recount these days of victory, tragedy, conspiracy, and a nationís sorrow through the eyes of the men and women who were there.
Killing Lincoln will be an epic story of the most notorious crime in American history.