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    [Assassination Trial] Edwin M. Stanton Partly Printed Pass on "War Department" form, accomplished and signed by Stanton as secretary of war. One page, 5.5" x 3.5", Washington, D.C., 4 May 1865, "To the officer in charge of Ford's Theatre" allowing "General Holt and Judge Bingham into Ford's Theatre to inspect it, also Col. Burnett, Judge Advocate." The assassination conspirators were tried by a military tribunal established under an executive order from President Andrew Johnson. Judge Advocate General Joseph Holt led the prosecution, although he left most of the actual courtroom presentation and examination to his assistants, John A. Bingham and Henry L. Burnett, both Ohioans who held, or had held, rank as Major and Judge Advocate in the volunteer army. Presumably the three visited the ghostly theatre in search of insights or particular information that would aid their prosecution. A unique pass directly associated with the trial of the Lincoln assassination conspirators. Lightly stained; fine.


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    November, 2008
    20th Thursday
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