Fort McNair in Washington, District of Columbia — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
Lincoln Assassination Trial
At this site four of the conspirators involved in President Lincoln's Assassination were hung and buried on July 7, 1865. They were George Atzerodt, David Herold, Lewis Paine and Mary Surratt (the first woman to be executed in a Federal trial). General Winfield Hancock of Gettysburg fame was in overall command of the trial and execution.
The conspirators were disinterred in 1867 and returned to their families. Immediately thereafter the Penitentiary was razed with the exception of the portion of the building where the trial occurred. This building which is now Building 20 has been renovated a number of times since the Civil War. It was originally built in 1831 as the female quarters of the Washington Penitentiary. At the start of the Civil War in 1861 it was used as a shoe factory.
Erected by Fort Myer Military Community.
Location. 38° 51.987′ N, 77° 1.018′ Click for map. Located on Fort Leslie J. McNair. Photo ID is required for entry to the installation. Check with the official fort web site for access information. Marker is in this post office area: Washington DC 20319, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Building 20, Grant Hall (within shouting distance of this marker); Women War Workers 1861 - 1865 (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Walter Reed (approx. 0.3 miles away); a different marker also named Walter Reed (approx. 0.3 miles away); Military Education at Fort McNair (approx. 0.4 miles away); Housing Reform and the Syphax School (approx. 0.4 miles away); Titanic Memorial (approx. 0.4 miles away); Linking the "Island" to the City (approx. half a mile away). Click for a list of all markers in Fort McNair.
More about this marker. In addition to portraits of Gens. Wallace and Hancock, the marker displays a contemporary drawing depicting the trail and a photograph of the execution.
Categories. • War, US Civil •
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