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    [Hanging of Conspirators] Several pieces of cloth of different sizes and colors, plus a loose gathering of rope fibres, all used in hanging convicted Booth co-conspirator Mary E. Surratt. Accompanied by a note reading "This is the rope & bandage of the assassins of Abraham Lincoln", written in the hand of William H. Stokely, a soldier of the 34th Ohio who, near war's end, was a messenger at the headquarters of Gen. Winfield Scott Hancock. That apparently provided access to these and other relics, since it was Hancock who gave the signal causing the gallows trapdoors to open, swinging Mrs. Surratt, Payne, Herold and Atzerodt to their deaths. Also present are a copy photo of Stokely in old age and photos of two pages from a diary in which he reminisced of the war. The diary states "I was in Washington when the assassins of Lincoln were hung, still having at this writing [1908] some of rope and bandage that was around Mrs. Surratt's hand. Had a piece of rope of each . . . Atzerodt, Pain, Harold and Mrs. Surratt, who was all hung at once."

    Provenance
    : Stokely family to Lloyd Ostendorf; to Dr. Lattimer.


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    Auction Dates
    November, 2008
    20th Thursday
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