After the assassination of US President Abraham Lincoln on April 14, 1865, there was a national manhunt for his killers and those involved in the conspiracy to kill the president.
John Wilkes Booth,
the man who pulled the trigger, was killed in a shootout with government troops
12 days after the murder.
Four of the eight people put on trial by a military tribunal for their part in
the conspiracy to assassinate the president were sentenced to hang. They were
Mary Surratt, whose boardinghouse had been frequented by the conspirators and
her tavern had been visited by Booth and David Herold after killing Lincoln;
Lewis Powell, who had been tasked with killing Secretary of State William H. Seward
on the night of the assassination; George Atzerodt, who was assigned to kill
Vice President Andrew
Johnson, but lost his nerve; and Herold, who was also tasked with killing
The conspirators were executed on July 7, 1865, at Fort McNair in Washington D.C. Mary Surratt thus became the first woman to be executed by the United States government, though after her conviction five jurors recommended clemency; President Andrew Johnson claimed he never received the letter. Her son, John Surratt, was the only person on trial who was not convicted and released.
Clancy's comment: Interesting story. A sad way to die.