John Wilkes Booth is supposed to have been shot and killed in a barn near Port Royal, Virginia. But Booth relative Joanne Hulme and her sister Virginia Kline believe that the assassin escaped justice.
"The first story my mother ever told me was that John Wilkes Booth was not killed in the barn," Hulme said.
The soldiers' victim was James William Boyd or John William Boyd, who bore a striking resemblance to the assassin and was sought for the murder of a Union captain by some accounts.
"He was shorter than Booth and had red hair" instead of the actor's black wavy locks, Hulme said. [Link]