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Famed Maryland lawyer and statesman Reverdy Johnson meets with accused conspirator Mary Surratt in her cell

Reverdy Johnson, circa 1864, detail
05/12/1865
Reverdy Johnson, congressman and leading Maryland figure, visited Mr. Surratt in her cell at the Old Washington Penitentiary and after their discussion offered his services as a member of her defense team.  Her other lawyers were Frederick Aiken and John W. Clampitt.  All their efforts were in vain, however, in the current atmosphere.  Mary Surratt was sentenced to death as an accessory to murder on July 6, 1865 and hanged the next day, still protesting her innocence.  (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), 176.