THE NEW YORK HERALD - MAY 17, 1865 EDITION; LINCOLN ASSASSINATION, TRIAL OF THE CONSPIRATORS

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This edition has some of the most famous quotes and testimony about the conspiracy and the assassination, that are referenced by historians.

Mint condition, possibly ‘ironed’ by the Philadelphia Museum where it was stored.

Entire Front Page devoted to The Trial of the Assassins.

The suppressed testimony of Friday

The complicity of the Rebel Authorities in the Conspiracy Established Beyond a Doubt.

Sanders Shown to have been Intimate with Booth.

Testimony of General Grant

The Complicity of Spangler, the Stage Carpenter, in Booth’s Scheme

Suspicious Conduct of Prisoner O’Laughlin in Intruding into Secretary Stanton’s house.

Further Evidence implicating Dr. Mudd.

Record of all the testimony at the trial the days before.

Testimony of confederate soldier Henry Steinacker who claimed Booth told him ‘old Abe Lincoln must go up the spout’. And who claimed there was a secret meeting of Booth and Rebel officers to discuss ‘detached service’  (sabotage) in northern cities and towns, such as the St. Albans raid

Testimony of Mary Hudspeth who found two letters on a NYC train in Nov 1864 purportedly from or to Booth and another conspirator using alias. “you are to be the Charlotte Corday of the 18th century. …Abe must die and now…..Your disguises are so perfect and complete…..Saunders is doing us no good in Canada….. Strike for your home, strike for your country, but strike sure”

Chronology of Booth’s DC hotel stays from October 1864 to April 14th 1865.

Testimony of William Wheeler – who claimed he saw Booth with George N. Sanders in Montreal.

Testimony of John Devaney – who claimed he saw Booth with George N. Sanders in Montreal, and also saw Booth the day of the assassination. And later that day he was an eyewitness to the assassination at Ford’s Theatre. Booth jumped from the box “he fell on one hand and one knee, and I recognized him. He fell with his face towards the audience and I said ‘he is John Wilkes Booth and he has shot the President”.

Testimony of General Grant – on the military department of DC’s jurisdiction.

Testimony of Actor Samuel Knapp Chester – a friend of Booth. He claimed Booth asked him to join the plot to kidnap Lincoln in January 1865.  It was Chester who claimed Booth told him “what an excellent chance I had to kill the president, if I had wished, on Inauguration Day”. And in fact, in the famous Mathew Brady photograph of Lincoln’s second inauguration, Booth was accidentally included in the image, staring down at Lincoln from an overhead pillar.

Testimony of Captain Theo McGovern – who was sitting in the aisle near Lincoln’s box at Ford’s Theatre, and saw Booth enter the box. And saw the gleam of Booth’s blade as he rushed from the stage.

Testimony of Major Henry R. Rathburn – who was in the box with Lincoln and was stabbed by Booth. Rathburn said Booth was no more than 4 or 5 feet from Lincoln when he fired. He is asked to identify Booth’s knife, which stabbed him. “the knife was held flat and horizontally. It came from a sweeping blow down from above”. Rathburn was sitting when attacked.

Testimony of William Withers – a member of the orchestra at Ford’s Theatre. Who was slashed at by Booth as he left the stage. ‘and just then I heard the cry that the President was killed, and I saw him in the box, apparently dead”

Testimony of the stable keeper who kept the Surratt, Booth, and Atzerott horses

Testimony of Joe Simmons who saw Booth and Spangler at Ford’s theatre the day of the assassination. He also saw Booth jump from the Box.

Testimony of John Mills about how “John Peanut’ held the horse for Booth behind the treater. And Spangler’s location during the shooting. And Booth calling for Spangler in the alley.

Page 5 – Entire page on the Testimony at the Trial

Testimony of John Selecman – on Booth and Spangler’s relationship.

The court visits Ford’s Theater to see the locations described in testimony themselves.

Testimony of John Burrows – alias “Peanuts” who held Booth’s horse in the alley during the murder, and was knocked down by Booth in his escape. Also testimony of two women who saw Booth come to the back alley on horseback.

Testimony of William Browning – the secretary to President Andrew Johnson. He received the card from JW Booth at the Kirkwood Hotel in DC the day of the assassination Booth wrote to then Vice President Johnson – ‘don’t wish to disturb you, are you at home? J Wilkes Booth”

Testimony of Major Kelbourne Knox – on the prisoner O’Laughlin walking into Secretary of War Stanton’s house, the night before the assassination, while General Grant was also there.

Testimony of Dr. Robert King Stone – President Lincoln’s personal physician. He was in charge of the physicians attending to the dying Lincoln at the Petersen house. “I proceeded to examine him and instantly found that the President had received a gunshot wound in the back part and left side of the head, into which I carried readily my finger, and at once informed those around that the case was hopeless – that the president would die. “ (note – modern medicine would have precluded using a finger to probe the wound. In fact many current medical experts/medical historians have written that Stone’s finger probe actually made the wound worse).

After Lincoln’s death he extracts the ball: ‘The next day when the body was ready to be embalmed ... I traced the wound through the brain; the ball was found on the interior part of the left side of the brain; it was a large ball, resembling those shot from the pistol known as the Derringer – an unusually large ball.

“it was a hand- made (leaden) ball from which the tag (sprue) had been cut from the end. The ball was flattened and compressed somewhat from its passage thru the skull….. I marked the ball with the initials of the president”.  (Note – this ball is on display National Museum of Health and Medicine in Silver Spring, Maryland.)

Testimony of Sergeant Cobbs – who passed through Booth and Harold thru the Navy Yard Bridge inspection point into VA after the assassination.

Testimony of Will T. Kent – who picked up the Derringer in the President’s box and identified it for the court. His knife was used to open up Lincoln’s clothes for the surgeons to work on him in the box.

Testimony of Lt. Alexander Lovett – about the pursuit of Booth and the capture of Dr. Mudd. He describes Mudd’s telling of setting the broken leg of a stranger, and then Mudd shows him the boot that he cut off to set the leg. Inside the boot it said “J. Wilkes”. And Mudd admits to him that he had met Booth previously.

Appearance of the Prisoners  in court – description of the attitude and clothes of Payne, Atzerott, O’Laughlin, Spangler, Dr. Mudd, and Harold.

Other news

Page 4 – Kirby Smith and his Confederate Army in Texas still has not surrendered.

Editorial on the complicity of Davis in the Lincoln Assasinstion. Surratt as the go-between with the Montreal Rebel conspirators. Surratt in Montreal April 6th, and arrived in Washington the 14th, one day before the assination.

Confedederate General Dick Taylor surrenders his army in Miss.

Additional Particulars in relation to the flight of Jeff Davis in the Carolinas before his capture.

Page  8 – Details on the capture of Jeff Davis.  [KM]

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