The Assassination of President Abraham Lincoln
John Wilkes Booth plotted and carried out the assassination of President Lincoln. Originally, the plan was to abduct President Lincoln and take him to Virginia, but when General Lee surrendered, Booth and his comrades were forced to change their plans. Fatefully, on April 15, 1865, Booth shot and killed President Lincoln. Through his actions, Booth hoped to reinvigorate the Confederacy, but the assassination only strengthened the Union's cause and destroyed any hope of a Confederate
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The Hanging of Conspirators in the Lincoln Assassination: David Herold, Lewis Powell, Mary Surratt, and George Atzerodt
July 7, 1865
While many might know that John Wilkes Booth assassinated President Abraham Lincoln on April 14, 1865, many do not know the nine others who were connected in some way to the conspiracy. Out of those nine, Lewis Powell, Mary Surratt, David Herold, and George Atzerodt died by hanging on July 7, 1865, around 1:15 pm after being convicted of conspiring to kill the president. One of those four, Lewis Powell (alias: Lewis Paine), also hanged for his crime of the attempted murder of the Secretary of State William Seward. Until the last moment, family members pleaded for the lives of these four legendary criminals, and legal support, especially for Mary, sought all avenues of appeal for their release. These documents display the written conviction of the four sentenced to death, and the Chicago Tribune’s account of the event up to and during the executions. This brief, yet haunting, account of their executions displays their dedication to the Confederate cause. History shows that had the Confederacy won, these four would have found fame and not nooses around their necks.