Whistle carried by John Wilkes Booth during his escape after he assassinated President Abraham Lincoln on April 14, 1865. Signal whistles were used as means of communication across distances. This item was later used as evidence during the trial of the Lincoln assassination conspirators.


  • Title: John Wilkes Booth's Whistle
  • Location: Ford's Theatre National Historic Site
  • Subject Keywords: Whistle, Signal Whistle, Conspirator, Communication, Lincoln Assassination, President Lincoln, US President, Assassination, Abraham Lincoln, Ford's Theatre, John Wilkes Booth, 1865, Trial
  • Type: Physical Object
  • Original Source: Ford’s Theatre National Historic Site, FOTH 3237
  • Photographer: Carol M. Highsmith

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