NEW YORK TRIBUNE, MAY 20TH, 1865 – TESTIMONY OF THE TRIAL OF THE LINCOLN ASSASSINATION CONSPIRATORS

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Vol. XXV……No. 7,526. Very nice condition overall. Vertical and horizontal folds; some minor wear/soiling along vertical fold on upper portion of the front page.

 

Front Page

-The Assassination – Fridays Proceedings. Strong Evidence against Spangler. The attempted assassination of Secretary (of State) Seward. Statement of his son and others. Interesting details of the tragedy. Testimony of the Negro boy. His recognition of Payne.

Court Testimony – page 1.

 

-Testimony of Asst Secretary of State Seward, about Payne’s attack with a knife against his father, the Secretary of State, the night of the assassination.

-The manacles are released from Payne and he is put into the outfit he wore the night of the attack.

-Payne identified as Seward’s attempted assassin by Seward’s Nurse, and the Negro Boy who let Payne in Seward’s house.

-Testimony of a captain who seized evidence at Mrs. Surratt’s boarding house, including photos of Jeff Davis, Robert E Lee, and John Wilkes Booth hidden in a family photo album. He states Mrs. Surratt knelt down and prayed when she was arrested.

-Testimony of officer who found notes in John Wilkes Booth trunk written in Confederate Cypher.

-Testimony of the arrest of conspirators Spangler and O’Laughlin.

-Testimony of the stage carpenter the night of the assassination about condition of the Lincoln box and Spangler’s location. He states that Booth ‘had a winning way with him that would make every person like him”.

-In depth testimony of William Welles, servant at Seward’s home, about Payne’s attempted assassination.

-In depth testimony of Sgt George F. Robinson, Steward’s army nurse about the attack upon Seward. Robinson was wounded by Payne’s knife.

-In depth testimony of Frederick Seward about the attack on his father. He states that Payne yelled “I am mad, I am mad”.

 

-Testimony of Richard Morgan and Major Smith, who arrested Payne when he showed up at Mrs. Surratt’s boarding house with a pick ax, ostensibly to do work on her yard. Smith describes also arresting Mrs. Surratt.

Page 8 –Testimony continues

Testimony of Major General Barnes on finding the wounded Secretary Seward with a knife wound to his neck.

Testimony of Mr. Clark, who states that Payne was wearing boots with the name “JW Booth” inside.

Testimony of Captain Wermerskerch – on the arrest of Mrs. Surratt and Payne at her boarding house. The court asks Mrs. Surratt to unveil her face so the witness could identify her.

Also on page 8 – ‘The Yellow Fever Plot” - long article about an 1864 attempt by a confederate agent to ship yellow fever contaminated clothes to northern cities. An early attempt at biological warfare that failed.

Also on page 8 – Postscript 4:00 o’clock AM – “Jeff Davis – Particulars of his flight ‘ from Richmond . Details of Davis flight and the $ 11 million of gold he carried with him, which to this day, has never been found. Article states some of the money was used to pay off his cavalry escort before his capture.

Page 4 – Plans for the Grand Review in DC.    [km/ld]

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