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    Lincoln Assassination: Conspirators Trial and Execution Ephemera. Book and letters related to the fate of the conspirators. 1) M-786 "Trial and Execution of the Assassins and Conspirators at Washington, D.C. May and June, 1865. For The Murder of President Lincoln", pink pictorial wraps (repairs and restoration to spine and covers where they attach to the spine, displays quite well). 2) 4-page letter on "Navy Department" stationery, Washington, D.C., June 28, 1865, together with transmittal envelope. After discussing the transition from war to peace-time activity, the writer mentions the trial: "What does he think of the affair? To me it looks too solemn or it would be ludicrous. I cannot believe they intend to sentence a human being to death upon such evidence and by a process so irregular and unjustified as that court is." He then makes some amusing comments about Ben Butler, as well as Andrew Johnson. "Pres Johnson talks fair, but his acts are most strange if he means what he says... he works hard and probably tries to suit himself to the times, but he is losing confidence every day. New England and Western men say openly that they will not support him - bah!" 3) incomplete 4-page letter, Washington, D.C., June 1, 1865, written by a guard at the trial, relating his observations over the course of three pages. In part: "All the prisoners except Payne seem to have hopes of being acquitted. He is also the only one who appears to have much courage and Mrs. Surratt the only one of the party who has much mind or intelligence. Her daughter Miss Hannah S was also present as a witness for (her mother). She is a real vixenish thing such are known among the chivalry as high toned southern ladies. The sister of Herold was also on the stand... Mrs. S. has irons on her ankles with a chain about a foot-long connecting them. Payne, Atzerodt, O'Laughlin & Herold have the same with the addition of a 25-pound shot to each ankle. Also wrist ornaments, connected with a straight iron bar about a foot long." After detailing the extraordinary security measures, he concludes: "Those who have heard the trial think every one of the conspirators will be hung and that within a few weeks. J. D.'s Secretary [Harrison who was captured with Jefferson Davis] occupies a cell near Atzerodt. Some think Jeff. will be here soon too." 4) 4-page letter, Washington, D.C., July 8, 1865, mentioning the execution. "...Surratt - Payne - Atzerodt & Herold were all hung in the yard of the Arsenal prison yesterday. Woodward & Hays went to see it. I did not care to see the sight and staid away." (restored areas of loss slightly affecting the legibility of the letter and hardly affecting the citation). We think the eyewitness account by the guard is rather special.

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