When Dr. Samuel Alexander Mudd answered his door one night in 1865, he had no idea that he would ruin the rest of his life. How could he have known that the man who showed up at his door needing help was John Wilkes Booth, who had just assassinated Braham Lincoln?
His leg broken from his jump from the President's box in Ford's Theater to the stage where he made his escape, Booth was in tremendous pain.
Lost and nearly delerious in the surrounding countryside, Booth finally came upon the doctor's cottage and begged for help. Unaware that the president had been assassinated, Dr. Mudd did as he had promised when he took his oath: he helped someone in need. He set Booth's leg, gave him medicine, and offereed him a bed and food for the night.