Just before dawn, soldiers tracked down Booth's location at the Garrett farmhouse in Virginia. Another co-conspiriator, David Herold was at the scene and surrendered. Booth, however, did not want to. Instead, he said he "would rather come out and fight."
The soldiers then took this opportunity to set the barn on fire, making Booth move about fantically. One of the Sergents shot him in the neck, fatally wounding him. They dragged him out of the barn and he died three hours later.