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Samuel Mudd makes a vain attempt to escape from his life imprisonment at Fort Jefferson off the Florida coast

Samuel Mudd attempting to escape prison at Fort Jefferson, Dry Tortugas, September 25, 1865, artist's impression
09/25/1865
Dr. Samuel Mudd had been convicted and sentenced for his part in the death of Abraham Lincoln, and was serving his life sentence at Fort Jefferson, a remote military prison on an island off the Florida Keys.  He attempted to stow away on the supply ship Thomas A. Scott but was discovered in the hold.  He lost privileges for the attempt and resumed his imprisonment.  He was later pardoned and released in March 1869.  (By John Osborne)
Source Citation: 
"Dr. Mudd's Attempt to Eacape from Dry Tortugas," Harper's Weekly Magazine, October 21, 1865, p. 657.