The Assassination: Death of a President
Time-Life Civil War Series 26 of 27
Tells the stories of Lee Harvey Oswald, James Earl Ray, and Sirhan Sirhan, and looks at the assassination attempts on United States presidents, the Pope, Huey Long, Leon Trotsky, Archduke Franz Ferdinand, Gandhi, and Indira Gandhi
Came along, and on Paine's first night in the capital he knocked on the door of Mary Surratt's boardinghouse. Answering the summons was Mrs. Surratt's ever-present boarder, government clerk Louis Weichmann. At the door Weichmann beheld a large stranger who "wore a dark felt hat, rather slouchy, and was clad in a seedy black overcoat. His two hands 40 humor that he worked in a china shop. "Nothing further was said," Weichmann later, "as he continued to devour his attic, and arose the next.
Read they seated them — for the themselves on armless chairs, each of the to men was sandwiched between that they faced. soldiers wear- ing the sky blue uniform of the Veteran first time still with- — the charges Mary Although the charges were somewhat dif- Surratt was one of many sus- pected conspirators held in Washington's Old Capitol Prison (below), a dilapidated structure that had Reserve Corps. ferent for each individual, the defendants in served as the temporary seat.
Shackles and a cotton-padded canvas hood (below), in part to prevent them from trying to commit suicide by striking their heads against the walls of their cells. 147 The Harsh Reckoning keeping Maryland a part of the Union. As in Johnson stood at the forefront of the American bar. Although he had never a lawyer, chanced to meet Mary Surratt, he had read of "deemed her plight and it right" that she should not go undefended. The defense delusions. letting with their attorneys on.
Ven that he could not have brought himself tion, portrayed by This heavy iron key, shown at one half its actual size, was used to lock Mary Surratt in her cell at the Old Penitentiary. Mrs. Surratt and her fellow prisoners were held in alternate cells, to prevent them from communicating with one another. little Theatre but failing to catch him. Frederick Stone as being too to participate in a an assassination. Doster had somewhat more substantial defense for Paine. Unfortunately, in.
John Wilkes more energy and animation; Edwin is more correct, John Wilkes more spontaneous." Some thought that John Wilkes would eventually outshine his brother. "Doubtless he would have been," said manager John Ford, "the greatest actor of his time had he lived." By the early 1860s the youngest of the act- ing Booths regularly drew large audiences wherever he appeared and commanded fees of $500 to $1,000 a week, princely sums for the time. Sighing ladies packed the theaters when his.