Washington, D.C., April 14, 1865. As the nation celebrates the end of the Civil War, an angry man strikes a final blow for the South. John Wilkes Booth shoots President Abraham Lincoln in front of a thousand horrified onlookers and simply disappears into the night. For almost two weeks following, he is able to elude thousands of searchers in one of the largest manhunts in United States history. Now, the National Geographic examines one of the struggling nation's darkest hours by investigating Booth's daring escape attempt in the Hunt for Lincoln's Assassin.