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have accompanied Lincoln to the theatre on the night of the assassination, and did not, escaped unassailed. The general conspiracy was poorly planned and lamely executed. It involved about twenty-five persons. Mrs. Surratt, David C. Harold, Lewis Payne, Edward Spangler, Michael O'Loughlin, J. W. Atzerodt, Samuel Arnold, and Dr. Samuel Mudd, who set Booth's leg, which was dislocated by the fall from the stage-box, were among the number captured and tried. After the assassination Booth esc prayer he took the name of Boston, in honor of the place of his conversion. He was ever undisciplined and erratic. He is said to be living in Kansas, and draws a pension from the Government. Five of the conspirators were tried, and three, Payne, Harold, and Mrs. Surratt, were hanged. Dr. Mudd was sent to the Dry Tortugas for a period of years, and there did such good work among the yellow-fever sufferers during an epidemic that he was pardoned and returned to this country. He died onl
Robert Underwood Johnson, Clarence Clough Buell, Battles and Leaders of the Civil War. Volume 4., chapter 18.113 (search)
lled. The assassination of the President was the result of a conspiracy. Mr. Seward, the Secretary of State, was also attacked on the evening of April 14th by Lewis Payne, a fellow-conspirator, and was severely injured. The following persons were tried before a military commission convened at Washington, May 9th, 1865, on the charge of conspiracy to assassinate the President and other high officers of the Government: David E. Herold, G. A. Atzerodt, Lewis Payne, Michael O'Laughlin, Edward Spangler, Samuel Arnold, Mary E. Surratt, and Doctor Samuel A. Mudd. Herold, Atzerodt, Payne, and Mrs. Surratt were hanged; O'Laughlin, Arnold, and Mudd were imprisonedPayne, and Mrs. Surratt were hanged; O'Laughlin, Arnold, and Mudd were imprisoned for life, and Spangler was imprisoned for six years.--editors. General Sherman asked the operator if he had divulged the contents of the dispatch to any one, and being answered in the negative, he ordered him to keep it a secret until his return. Sherman and his staff met Johnston and Wade Hampton with a number of staff-officers
William H. Seward, Secretary of State, was attacked on the same evening by Lewis Payne, a fellow-conspirator of Booth, and was severely injured. Those suspected ot Washington May 9, 1865. Their names were David E. Herold, G. A. Atzerodt, Lewis Payne, Michael O'Laughlin, Edward Spangler, Samuel Arnold, Mary E. Surratt, and Dr. Samuel A. Mudd. Herold, Atzerodt, Payne, and Mrs. Surratt were hanged; O'Laughlin, Arnold, and Mudd were sentenced to be imprisoned for life, and Spangler for sixy powerless to hold them for you. Secretary Seddon further Lewis Powell, or Payne, shortly before he was hanged for conspiring against president Lincoln's life in his bed. On the night of April 14, 1865, the day of Lincoln's assassination, Payne secured admission to the house of William H. Seward, Secretary of State, and atd in a metallic frame-work. This probably saved his life. The evil written on Payne's countenance tells its own story of the nature of the man. says, in 1863, in
nts succeeded in capturing the entire lot of blockaderunners with their rich cargoes. spies and mail-carriers were constantly apprehended and their activities interrupted. Deserters were pursued and brought to justice. In march, 1865, one Lewis Payne was arrested in Baltimore on a criminal charge. Smith believed the man to be a spy, but a searching examination failed to procure any definite evidence. The cautious detective, however, made him take the oath of allegiance, and recommended his release on condition that he would go to some point north of Philadelphia and remain there until the close of the war. A month later Payne committed the attack on William H. Seward and others at the secretary's Washington home. during the presidential campaign of 1864, certain party powers at Albany were striving for the election. They sent their political agents to various voting-agencies of the New Colonel Sharpe getting ready for the last grand move-1864 in the spring of 186
country was filled with horror during 1865 by two trials held before a military commission in the city of Washington. The first commenced on May 13th, and ended on June 29th. The specification was— That David E. Harold, Edward Spangler, Lewis Payne, John H. Surratt, Michael O'Loughlin, Samuel Arnold, George A. Atzerott, Samuel A. Mudd, and Mary E. Surratt, did on April 15, 1865, combine, confederate, and conspire together to murder President Abraham Lincoln, Vice-President Andrew Johnson Grant, and Secretary of State William H. Seward. President Lincoln had been shot, and Secretary Seward was badly wounded with a knife. The others were uninjured. The sentence of the commission was that David E. Harold, G. A. Atzerott, Lewis Payne, and Mary E. Surratt be hanged by the proper military authority, under the direction of the Secretary of War, on July 7, 1865. The others were sentenced to imprisonment at hard labor for a term of years or for life. With only one day's delay
Owens, Col., John, 499. P Palmer, General, 364, 490. Palmetto State (ironclad), 172. Paris, Comte de, 87. Account of occupation of Norfolk, 82. Account of McClellan's action after Johnston's withdrawal across the Chickahominy, 86. Congress of, 11, 315, 316, 317, 318, 322. Parker, Amasa J. Report on imprisonment of New York Agents, 414-15. Lt. W. H., 165, 166-67. Parsons, Lewis C., 633. Patrick Henry (gunboat), 85, 165, 168. Patton, Colonel, 36. Robert M., 633. Payne, Lewis, 417. Pawnee (ship), 164. Pea Ridge, Battle of (see Elkhorn, Battle of). Peabody, Charles A., 243. Pegram, General, 360, 435, 437, 451, 452, 453. Capt. R. B., 221-22. Pellham, Major, 296. Pemberton, Gen. J. C., 331, 333, 335, 336, 337, 338-39, 340, 342, 343, 344, 345, 348, 353, 442-43. Correspondence with Gen. J. E. Johnston, 340-41. Extracts from report on siege of Vicksburg, 348-49. Pender, General, 268, 273, 286, 377. Pendleton, Gen. W. N., 111, 126, 130, 131, 371-72,
Harper's Encyclopedia of United States History (ed. Benson Lossing), United States of America. (search)
al governor of Texas by President......June 17, 1865 James Johnson appointed provisional governor of Georgia......June 17, 1865 Lewis E. Parsons proclaimed provisional governor of Alabama......June 21, 1865 Proclamation of the President rescinding the blockade June 23, 1865 Restriction of trade west of the Mississippi removed by proclamation of President......June 24, 1865 Benjamin F. Perry proclaimed provisional governor of South Carolina......June 30, 1865 Execution of Lewis Payne, G. A. Atzerodt, David E. Harold, and Mary E. Surratt, implicated in the assassination of Lincoln......July 7, 1865 William Marvin proclaimed provisional governor of Florida......July 13, 1865 Confederate privateer Shenandoah (Captain Waddell) destroys about thirty Federal vessels during......August, 1865 Mississippi nullifies the ordinance of secession......Aug. 22, 1865 All restrictions on Southern ports removed after Sept. 1 by proclamation of President......Aug. 29, 1865