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Follow the Evidence: The Trial of the Lincoln Conspirators

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David Herold

David Herold | Evidence | Prosecution | Defense |
April 14, 1865 | The Conspirators


If you were a member of the military commission how would you vote?
















The military commission agreed with your verdict. David Herold was found guilty and sentenced to death by Lincoln CSIhanging.


Washington D.C., hanging
hooded bodies of the four
conspirators; crowd departing
Library of Congress
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Are you sure? Maybe you better look at the evidence again. The other members of the military commission might not agree with you.


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Military commission that tried and convicted the Lincoln conspirators
Library of Congress/Prints and Photographs



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