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Follow the Evidence: The Trial of the Lincoln Conspirators 


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John Wilkes Booth

John Wilkes Booth | Evidence | Prosecution | Defense | 
April 14, 1865 | The Conspirators 


Verdict

What if you were a member of the military commission, what would your verdict be?

Guilty

Innocent

 


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Lincoln CSI We will never know how the military commission would have voted on John Wilkes Booth's guilt or innocence. But looking at the history of verdicts the commission granted to the other conspirators with much less evidence, there is very little doubt Booth would have been hung with the other four conspirators.

John Wilkes Booth in theLincoln CSI
morgue at Enid, 11 days
after his death
Library of Congress
Prints and Photographs

 

Seizure and death of the
murder Wilkie (sic) Booth
Library of Congress
American Memory

 

 

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Innocent

Really? Are you sure this is how you want to vote? What evidence can you show to back your decision?

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Daily Monitor Extra,
Special dispatches, arrest
of Booth (newspaper)
Library of Congress
American Memory


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