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    [Trial of the Assassination Conspirators] Colonel Henry L. Burnett, Special Judge Advocate for the Military Tribunal that Booth's Associates, Partly Printed Document Signed, as Brevet Colonel and Judge Advocate, one page, 8" x 10", Washington, D.C., 18 May 1865, to "Mr. Lee" at the War Department, summoning him to "appear as a witness before . . . [the] Military Commission, convened . . . in the case of the United States against David E. Herold, et al, on the 18th day of May at 2 o'clock, 1865, at the court room, penitentiary, near Arsenal, Washington, D.C., and not depart without leave." A form at foot, intended to certify that that the witness had attended, is left blank. The party summoned here was almost surely John Lee, a police detective sent by Provost Marshal O'Beirne to guard Andrew Johnson at the Kirkwood House. There Lee had searched George Atzerodt's room, discovering the clues which incriminated him, established Booth's participation, and directed the search for the assassin towards southwestern Maryland. Although Lee testified at the trial on 13 May, concerning his discoveries, he does not seem to have been called on the 18th. Lightly soiled on verso with folds. Some chipping and tears along edge. Near fine.

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    November, 2008
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