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    [Lincoln Conspirators] Edman Spangler Rare Autograph Signature, penned on a slip of paper about 2 " x .5"; slightly stained and mounted on a 5" x 2" sheet. Bears a note in an unidentified hand reading "One of the conspirators against the life of A. Lincoln, and now serving his term in the Dry Tortugas, 1870". Spangler, scene-shifter and stage carpenter at Ford's Theatre, had known John Wilkes Booth from boyhood and, while working for theatre manager John T. Ford, often tended the actor's mounts. On the murder night Booth sent word for Spangler to hold his horse at the rear door; the "good-natured . . . willing" stagehand did so, but soon handed the animal off in order to resume his regular duties. This was the chief hard evidence that caused Spangler to be convicted for aiding and abetting the escape of the assassin. He was sentenced to hard labor at Fort Jefferson on Florida's Dry Tortugas island. Pardoned in 1869 despite earlier efforts by John T. Ford to secure his release, Spangler eventually went to live on the farm of his fellow prisoner, Dr. Samuel Mudd, and died there in 1875. Possibly clipped from Ford's Theatre business records, and likely the only Spangler autograph in private hands. Fine.

    : Walter R. Benjamin, Autographs.

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