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Follow the Evidence: The Trial of the Lincoln Conspirators


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Lewis Powell (Payne)

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


Verdict

After looking at the evidence, if you were a member of the military commission how would you vote?

Guilty

Innocent


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Guilty

Lewis Powell alias Lewis Payne, was found guilty by the military commission and sentenced to death by hanging.

 

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Rope that was used to hang the Abraham Lincoln Conspirators. Artifact in the museum collection, National Park Service, Ford's Theatre National Historic Site
Library of Congress/Prints and Photographs

 

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Order of Execution for Lewis Powell
Indiana Historical Society

 

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Lincoln conspirator hood
A Little Touch of History
donated by Smithsonian
Institute National Museum
of American History

 

 

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Innocent

Are you sure? The evidence is pretty strong for a conviction.

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Washington D.C. Gen. John F. Hartranft and staff, responsible
for securing the conspirators at the Arsenal
Library of Congress/American Memory

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