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2011-08-17 04:52:27
Interesting picture and comment - thanks
2009-02-05 14:51:25
This is an image of the Hanging of the Lincoln Conspirators. We normally associate the Abraham Lincoln Assassination with John Wilkes Booth, but there were actually others involved in planning and helping to carry out the assassination. The plan that fateful evening was to simultaneously murder the President, Vice-President Andrew Johnson, and Secretary of State William Seward, in order to throw the Union government into chaos for enough time that the Confederacy could mount a resurgence. Most of the plan went awry that evening, but Booth was able to assassinate Lincoln, and Secretary Seward was injured in a knife attack in his home carried out by Lewis Powell. Eight of Booth's cohorts were tried by a military tribunal for their role in the plot. All of the conspirators were found guilty. Mary Surratt, Lewis Powell, David Herold, and George Atzerodt were sentenced to death by hanging. The incredible photograph above shows the execution, and it was snapped as the condemned dropped to their death. The execution was carried out at the Old Arsenal Penitentiary on July 7, 1865