this day in crime history: july 7, 1865

On this date in 1865, four confederate sympathizers convicted of participating in the conspiracy to assassinate President Lincoln (as well failed attempts to assassinate Vice President Andrew Johnson and Secretary of State William H. Seward) were executed by hanging  in the Old Arsenal Penitentiary (now Fort McNair) in Washington, DC.  The conspirators were Mary Suratt, Lewis Payne, David Herold, and George Atzerodt. Mary Suratt was the first woman executed by the US federal government.

Further reading:

Wikipedia – Assassination of Abraham Lincoln

UKMC – The Trial of the Lincoln Assassination Conspirators

A Little Touch of History – The Lincoln Conspirators Execution Photos

4 thoughts on “this day in crime history: july 7, 1865

  1. John D.:
    History Channel ran a show about this a while back…LOTS of things that I didn’t know about this (relatively well-planned) conspiracy.

    Justice WAS a LOT swifter (and more FINAL) in those days.

    Good post.

    Stay safe out there.


    • One of the common misconceptions of the Lincoln assassination was that Booth was a crazed loan gunman. Couldn’t be further from the truth. He was part of a tight network of confederate sympathizers, and they had a plan to wreak havoc on the government. Fortunately, it was largely a failure. Sadly, it had one success.


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