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George Atzerodt, failed assassin in the John Wilkes Booth conspiracy, is captured in Maryland

George Andreas Atzerodt, detail
04/20/1865
George Atzerodt, the the conspirator in John Wilkes Booth ring originally assigned to murder Vice-President Johnson, fled Washington after President Lincoln's assassination.  He was captured before dawn at the home of a friend near Barnsville, Maryland, around twenty miles from the capital.  Delaware Cavalry Sergeant L.W. Gemmill who carried out the arrest, together with his six men, shared the $25,000 reward announced that same day by Secretary of War Stanton.  Atzerodt was executed on July 7, 1865. (By John Osborne)  
Source Citation: 
Clara E. Laughlin, The Death of Lincoln: The Story of Booth's Plot, His Deed and the Penalty (New York: Doubleday, Page and Company, 1909), 169. 

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