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    [John Surratt] Surratt Trial Pass on Card Stock, 3" x 1.75 inches, [Washington, D.C., 1867]. Printed in three distinct typefaces, reading simply "SURRATT TRIAL. / Admit the Bearer. / Geo. P. Fisher." Lightly soiled with a small vertical crease at one corner. Near fine.

    John H. Surratt, first met John Wilkes Booth in the fall of 1864 while working as a civilian Confederate courier. He found himself enthralled by the audacity of the actor's plan to kidnap Abraham Lincoln. He was soon a key member of the conspiracy, but after one attempted Presidential abduction was foiled, he returned to his work for the Confederacy. According to witnesses Surratt was in Elmira, New York, spying on the federal prison camp there, at the time of the assassination. He fled to Canada, thence Italy, where he was discovered in 1867 and brought back to the U.S. to be tried for murder. The case was presided over by Fisher, a Judge of the Supreme Court of the District of Columbia, but resulted in a hung jury, with two-thirds for acquittal. Attempts to indict him on other charges fizzled and Surratt went free. Aside from a lecture delivered in 1870, he scrupulously stayed out of the public eye and avoided discussion of his past. He died in Baltimore in 1916, the last living conspirator.


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