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Mary Surratt : an American tragedy

Author: Elizabeth Steger Trindal
Publisher: Gretna, La. : Pelican Pub. Co., ©1996.
Edition/Format:   Book : Biography : English
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Mary Surratt's son, John Surratt, was believed to have acted in a plot with John Wilkes Booth and others to not only murder the president, but also to kill Secretary of State Seward. John Surratt was in Canada, and Booth yet to be apprehended. But Mary and others were arrested in connection with the assassination of the president. Eventually they were brought to trial by a military commission. Tried by a military  Read more...
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Named Person: Abraham Lincoln; Mary E Surratt; Abraham Lincoln; Mary E Surratt
Material Type: Biography
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Elizabeth Steger Trindal
ISBN: 9781565541856 1565541855
OCLC Number: 33666249
Description: 304 p. : ill. ; 23 cm.
Responsibility: Elizabeth Steger Trindal.

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Mary Surratt's son, John Surratt, was believed to have acted in a plot with John Wilkes Booth and others to not only murder the president, but also to kill Secretary of State Seward. John Surratt was in Canada, and Booth yet to be apprehended. But Mary and others were arrested in connection with the assassination of the president. Eventually they were brought to trial by a military commission. Tried by a military tribunal despite protests by her defense lawyers that it was illegal to try a civilian before a military court, Mary and three others were tried for the crime of conspiring with Booth and found guilty. Many prominent citizens pleaded with President Andrew Johnson for a stay of Mary's execution, but he steadfastly refused. On July 7, 1865, Mary Surratt along with the other accused assassins were hanged. This book examines that event while asking whether, in its grief over the death of President Lincoln, America condemned an innocent woman.

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