Vacation trip on We will never know for certain the direction Lincoln's postwar policies would have taken. In particular, Lincoln's views on suffrage are somewhat in doubt. It is not known how the president, who had advocated colonization for freed slaves before the war, would have approached this issue in the wake of the war. Days after the South surrendered, Lincoln and his wife attended a play at Ford's Theater.
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There, an actor and Southern sympathizer named John Wilkes Booth shot the president in the head. Lincoln died later the following day, never having regained consciousness. Johnson became president.
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