Both thespians, the Wilkes brothers played drastically different parts off-stage.
During the American Civil War, Robert Todd Lincoln, son of Abraham Lincoln, was standing along a train platform when he lost his footing and started to fall toward the tracks below. Fortunately, another patron noticed Lincoln losing his balance and grabbed him before he could tumble into the path of an oncoming train.
Lincoln turned to thank his rescuer and instantly recognized him as Edwin Booth, a famous Broadway actor like his brother, John Wilkes Booth. Months later, Robert Lincoln and Edwin Booth would tragically learn their families’ fates were intwined in more ways than one.