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Follow the Evidence: The Trial of the Lincoln Conspirators

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Lewis Powell (Payne)

Lewis Powell (Payne) | Evidence | Defense | Verdict | 
April 14, 1865 | The Conspirators


Powell arrestedThe prosecution felt Lewis Powell's fate was sealed with the fact that there were at least four witnesses to his attack against William Seward. To help link Lewis Powell to John Wilkes Booth the prosecution called Louis Weichmann, as a witness during Powell's trial. Weichmann  identified Powell as attending long meetings with John Wilkes Booth and John Surratt at Mary Surratt's home.

Lincoln CSIArrest of Powell at Surratt's
house (Police Gazette)
University of Missouri
Kansas City


New York Times (Newspaper)
May 20, 1865
Library of Congress
American Memory


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Lewis Payne, the assassin of Mr. Seward
awaiting the trial in the penitentiary at
Washington, guarded by a sentry of the
2d Reserve Corps.
Library of Congress/Prints and Photographs                         




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