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Follow the Evidence: The Trial of the Lincoln Conspirators 

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John Surratt

John Surratt | Prosecution | Defense | Verdict  |   
April 14, 1865 | The Conspirators

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There was no doubt that Dr. Samuel Mudd introduced John Surratt to John Wilkes Booth or that Surratt agreed to participate in the kidnapping of President Lincoln. But evidence proving that Surratt was in the United States on April 14, 1865 would be difficult to find. This would rely mostly on witness testimony. Many of these witnesses also participated in the military trial of the other conspirators.

Washington, District of Columbia John C.
Howard's stable on G Street between 6th
and 7th (where John H. Surratt kept horses
before leaving town
on April 1, 1865)
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