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Boston Corbett
Original name: Thomas Corbett
Birth: Jan. 29, 1832
Greater London, England
Death: Sep. 1, 1894
Hinckley
Pine County
Minnesota, USA

Civil War Union Army Soldier. Known as "The Man Who Killed John Wilkes Booth." He was born in England in 1832, and, along with his family, he came to New York in 1839. He became a reborn evangelical Christian while in Boston from which he took a new name (he had been named "Thomas" when born in England). Reform became his purpose in life. Trying to imitate Jesus, he wore his hair very long. In order to avoid the temptation of prostitutes, he took a pair of scissors and castrated himself. He then went to a prayer meeting and ate a full dinner. He eagerly joined the Union army at the outbreak of the Civil War. He re-enlisted three times, finally becoming a Sergeant in the 16th New York Volunteer Cavalry. On April 24,1865, he was selected as one of the 26 cavalrymen from the unit to pursue Lincoln Assassin John Wilkes Booth. On April 26 he and the others cornered Booth and conspiritor David Herold in a tobacco barn on the Virginia farm of Richard Garrett. The barn was set on fire, and Herold gave up, with Booth remained inside. As Booth moved about inside the burning barn, Boston Corbett shot him with a Colt revolver from a distance of a few yards through a large crack in the barn. He later explained his actions by saying, "God Almighty directed me." Booth's body was dragged from the barn, and he died a few hours later. After Corbett's fame faded from the Booth shooting, he ended up working as a doorman for the Kansas State Legislature. One day, he held the legislature hostage at gunpoint. After he was arrested for it, he was committed to the Topeka insane asylum. In 1888, he escaped and was never heard from again. Circumstantial evidence suggests that he died in Minnesota's Great Hinckley Fire on September 1, 1894. A "Thomas Corbett" was listed among the victims buried in a mass grave in Hinckley's Memorial Cemetery, but it has not been determined if this was the man who shot Booth. 
 
Burial:
Memorial Cemetery *
Hinckley
Pine County
Minnesota, USA
*Alleged or in dispute
 
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Originally Created by: Ron Buchinski
Record added: Oct 10, 2001
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DEAR BOSTON,I HAVE JUST FINISHED READING A NEW BIOGRAPHY ABOUT YOU. IT WAS VERY INTERESTING. I AM A LINCOLN SCHOLAR AND I, AND MANY AMERICANS WANT TO THANK YOU FOR DESTROYING THE MOST DISGUSTING ANIMAL IN WORLD HISTORY-JOHN WILKES BOOTH. YOU DID RIGHT!!!!...(Read more)
- Alphonse Dattolo
 Added: Jun. 28, 2015

- Lisa McCrehin McKown
 Added: Sep. 12, 2014
Hope you have found peace.
- karl anglin
 Added: Apr. 22, 2014
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