Lincoln Assassination Reward Poster, 1865
This is a very large scale reproduction of the rare broadside published by the War Department on April 20th, 1865 for the capture of the assassins of Abraham Lincoln. A reward of $50,000 is offered for John Wilkes Booth and $25,000 apiece for his accomplices - John H. Surratt and David C. Harold. This is a mammoth reward, the equivalent of millions of dollars in today's money. The Secretary of War, Edwin M. Stanton, proclaims in the text: "Let the stain of innocent blood be removed from the land by the arrest and punishment of the murderers".

John Wilkes Booth died in a barn soon after the association that was surrounded by men attempting to capture him. In the days after the assassination of President Lincoln, the war department arrested several under people. All but eight were released for lack of evidence. President Andrew Johnson formed a military commission to try the eight on May 1, 1865. The military trial lasted until June 30th and took place on the 3rd floor of the Old Arsenal Penitentiary (now known as the grounds of Fort Lesley J. McNair). Click here to read the actual testimony. (Testimony on file with the Surratt House Museum) For more information on the actual defendants go to the Abraham Lincoln Search Site.

Another interesting online exhibit is the Library Of Congress Exhibit titled Artifacts of Assassination.
It contains photos and descriptions of what was in President Lincoln's pockets at the time of of assassination at Ford's Theater.


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