Class Year


Document Type

Blog Post

Publication Date

Spring 5-16-2017

Department 1

Civil War Institute


When John Wilkes Booth assassinated President Lincoln, he became one of the most infamous figures in American history almost overnight. This rapid fall from grace took quite a toll on his family, especially his brother, Edwin. Edwin Booth was one of the most accomplished and successful actors of the Civil War era. He became famous for his portrayals of Shakespearian roles, especially Hamlet, which became his signature role. The Booths were an illustrious family of actors, though Edwin would become the most critically acclaimed and famous for his acting ability.


This blog post originally appeared in The Gettysburg Compiler and was created by students at Gettysburg College.