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Accused Lincoln conspirator is returned to the United States under arrest for murder.

Arrival of the arrested fugitive John Surratt in Washington, D.C. February 19, 1867, artist's impression, detail.
02/19/1867

The fugitive John Surratt, wanted in connection with the Lincoln Assassination conspiracy that had resulted in the conviction and execution of his mother, Mary Surratt, had been arrested in Alexandria, Egypt after almost two years on the run.  He was returned to the United States aboard the USS Swatara and landed this day, still wearing the uniform of the Pope in whose military he had enlisted,  at the U.S.Navy Yard in Washington, D.C. He was soon indicted for murder and on June 10, 1867 underwent trial for murder before a civilian federal court.  The result was a mistrial after a deadlocked jury and Surratt once again became a free man.  (By John Osborne) 

Source Citation: 

"John H. Surratt," Harper's Weekly Magazine, March 9, 1867, p. 149.
Frederick Hatch, John Surratt: Rebel, Lincoln Conspirator, Fugitive (Jefferson, NC: McFarland & Co., 2016), 135.

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