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In New York Harbor, convicted Confederate spy and New York City arsonist Captain Robert Cobb Kennedy is executed

Fort Lafayette, New York, circa 1905
Robert Cobb Kennedy had been one of the six men who had attempted to fire New York City in November, 1864.  He had escaped to Canada but was later captured in Detroit, Michigan, trying to make his way back to the South.  He was tried and sentenced to death as a spy.  He admitted the attempted arson at the Lovejoy,Tammany, and New England hotels as well as Barnum's Museum. He was executed at Fort Lafayette in New York Harbor.  (By John Osborne)
Source Citation: 
Chronicles of the Great Rebellion Against the United States of America (Philadelphia, PA: A. Winch, 1867), 99.