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Fort McNair in Washington, District of Columbia — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
 

Lincoln Assassination Trial

 
 
Lincoln Assassination Trial Marker image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, April 10, 2010
1. Lincoln Assassination Trial Marker
Inscription. On April 14, 1865 John Wilkes Booth (of Maryland) assassinated President Abraham Lincoln at Fords Theater in downtown Washington. Booth's conspirators were arrested and tried by a Military Court here in Building 20 from May 9 to June 30, 1865. One member of the Military Court was Major General Lew Wallace who went on to write Ben Hur.

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′ 
Lincoln Assassination Trial Marker image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, April 10, 2010
2. Lincoln Assassination Trial Marker
W. Marker is in Fort McNair, District of Columbia, in Washington. Marker is at the intersection of 3rd Avenue and C Street, on the left when traveling north on 3rd Avenue. Touch 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). Touch for a list and map 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 trial and a photograph of the execution.
 
Categories. War, US Civil
 
Lincoln Assassination Trial Marker<br>In Front of Building 20 image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, November 5, 2016
3. Lincoln Assassination Trial Marker
In Front of Building 20
Grant Hall image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, April 10, 2010
4. Grant Hall
Also known as Building 20, is the last section of the old penitentiary complex.
Major General Lew Wallace image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, November 5, 2016
5. Major General Lew Wallace
Close-up of photo on marker
Major General Winfield Scott Hancock image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, November 5, 2016
6. Major General Winfield Scott Hancock
Close-up of photo on marker
In the Courtroom image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, November 5, 2016
7. In the Courtroom
Close-up of image on marker
Hanging the Conspirators image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, November 5, 2016
8. Hanging the Conspirators
Close-up of photo on marker
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on January 11, 2017. This page originally submitted on April 12, 2010, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. This page has been viewed 3,059 times since then and 183 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on April 12, 2010, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.   3. submitted on January 2, 2017, by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland.   4. submitted on April 12, 2010, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.   5, 6. submitted on January 2, 2017, by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland.   7, 8. submitted on January 7, 2017, by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland.
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