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Follow the Evidence: The Trial of the Lincoln Conspirators

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Dr. Samuel Mudd

Dr. Samuel Mudd | Prosecution | Defense | Verdict  | 
April 14, 1865 | The Conspirators


When investigators first interviewed Dr. Samuel Mudd, he insisted the man whose leg he treated was a Lincoln CSIstranger to him. The investigators returned with a photograph of Booth, Mudd still insisted he did not know the man in the photograph. Investigators were suspicious considering that by now news of Lincoln's assassination was widely known, it seemed odd that Dr. Mudd would not be suspicious of two strangers, showing up at his home, one with an injured leg. Investigators also claimed that Mudd not only treated John Wilkes Booth but assisted the fugitives when he gave them directions to their next destination. Several witnesses testified they saw Dr. Mudd with John Wilkes Booth on several occassions and that Mudd's relationship with Booth was much closer than Booth had with any other conspirator. Witnesses also testified to statements that Mudd made about the President. Daniel Thomas testified that he heard Dr. Mudd say that "the president, cabinet and other union men would be killed in six or seven weeks."

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Map of Booth's escape route.
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Boot worn by John Wilkes Booth.
It was cut by the doctor that tented
to Booth's wounds.
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