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Jul
7

The Lincoln Conspirators Hanged

First Woman Hanged by the Federal Government

The Lincoln Conspirators Hanged…

After weeks of listening to testimony of hundreds of “witnesses” the military commission’s came to a consensus and the orders were carried out. On July 7, 1865, four conspirators – Lewis Powell, David Herold, George Atzerodt, and Mary Surratt – were hanged by the neck at Federal Penitentiary at Washington Arsenal in Washington D.C.  The remaining conspirators: Dr. Samuel Mudd, Samuel Arnold, Michael O’Laughlen, and Edmund Spangler received other sentences or were later freed when President Andrew Johnson pardoned them.  John Surratt, the son of Mary Surratt who had become a fugitive and first went to Canada then to Europe then Africa was later captured and tried, but got set free on a technicality.

 

 

Lincoln Conspirators

Mary Surratt

Mary Surratt

George Atzerodt

George Atzerodt

David Herold

David Herold

Lewis Powell

Lewis Powell

Gallows Constructed in the Courtyard

While the trial was being held preparations were made for the outcome with gallows built in the courtyard of the penitentiary to carry out the sentence of the military commission. The actual assassin, John Wilkes Booth, already dead was buried temporarily within the penitentiary grounds.

 

 

 

 

Conspirators on Scaffold

Conspirators on Scaffold

The Lincoln conspirators hanged at the gallows…

hanged to death

hanged to death

 

Their bodies were then placed in coffins and buried temporarily in shallow graves near the gallows.  Within days the gallows were removed and later the entire penitentiary was also  dismantled save for one part of the building that stands until today,  Grant Hall, where the trial took place. After the rest of the buildings came down,  the bricks were then used for the walls that now surround Fort Lesley J. McNair.

 

coffns and graves

\coffins and graves

 

OVER 200 HISTORICAL IMAGES, MAPS & ILLUSTRATIONS

The book, Images of America – Fort Lesley J. McNair contains over two hundred historical photographs, images and illustrations which chronicle the two hundred plus years of history among the acres of this US Army Post.

The book “Images of America – Fort Lesley J McNair”  is “a walk down memory lane” as one reader called it after he turned the last page.  Go beyond

Images of America - Fort Lesley J. McNair

Images of America – Fort Lesley J. McNair

the website and read more of the history with your own copy – BUY THE BOOK offers the opportunity to get either a personalized & autographed copy from the author or purchase the book from one of the major resellers.

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May
4

A Slain President is Honored – Lincoln in Springfield

By John Michael  //  Washington Arsenal  //  No Comments

PRESIDENT JOHNSON CLOSES THE GOVERNMENT

Lincoln's Funeral Train

Lincoln’s Funeral Train

 

The body of Abraham Lincoln, slain president of the United States reached Springfield,  Illinois by train.  On 04 MAY, 1865 he was laid to rest in Oak Ridge Cemetery.  This was after a 1,500 miles passing through 180 cities along the way that began on 21 APR 1865 in Washington, DC.

President Andrew Johnson issued an order to close down the United States government to honor the slain president.

THE WAR DEPARTMENT CLOSES –

MINUTE GUNS ORDERED

The War Department also issued an order to close on that day.  Also, at Washington Arsenal, minute guns would be fired from noon until sunset to honor the slain president.

These orders appeared in the 04 MAY 1865 issue of the Washington Star newspaper.  The excerpt is below.

1865 MAY 04 - Minute Guns fired at Washington Arsenal honoring slain President Abraham Lincoln Washington Star

1865 MAY 04 – Minute Guns fired at Washington Arsenal
honoring slain President Abraham Lincoln
Washington Star

 

OVER 200 HISTORICAL IMAGES, MAPS & ILLUSTRATIONS

The book, Images of America – Fort Lesley J. McNair contains over two hundred historical photographs, images and illustrations. They chronicle the two hundred plus years of history among the acres of this US Army Post.

The book “Images of America – Fort Lesley J McNair”  is “a walk down memory lane” as one reader called it after he turned the last page.  Go beyond

Images of America - Fort Lesley J. McNair

Images of America – Fort Lesley J. McNair

the website and read more of the history with your own copy – BUY THE BOOK offers the opportunity to get either a personalized & autographed copy from the author or purchase the book from one of the major resellers.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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