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Collection Reference Number GLC07738.05
From Archive Folder Photographs of Lincoln assassination conspirators 
Title Albumen of David Herold
Date 27 April 1865
Author Gardner, Alexander (1821-1882)  
Document Type Photograph
Content Description Inscribed on verso: "David E. Herold Conspirator. Hanged July 7, 1865. Was with Booth in the barn, but surrendered and came out before the barn was set on fire." Photograph shows Herold wearing coat, vest, and tie, in wrist irons, aboard the U.S.S. Montauk. The photograph is mounted on board.
Subjects Lincoln Assassination  Assassination  President  Prisoner  Death Penalty  
People Gardner, Alexander (1821-1882)  Lincoln, Abraham (1809-1865)  Herold, David E. (1844-1865)  
Place written Washington, D.C.
Theme The American Civil War; The Presidency; Law
Sub-collection Papers and Images of the American Civil War
Additional Information Folder Information: Nine large plate albumen prints of the Lincoln assassination conspirators. Secret Service head Colonel Lafayette C. Baker selected Gardner to take the photographs of the conspirators while in they were in custody, awaiting trial aboard the U.S.S. Montauk and the U.S.S. Saugus. At 10.00 p.m., April 14, 1865, Herold and Lewis Powell arrived at the home of William Seward, who was recovering from a serious carriage accident. When William Bell, a servant opened the door, Powell told him he had medicine from Dr. Tullio Verdi. When Bell refused to let him in, Powell pushed past him and rushed up the stairs. Frederick Seward, the Secretary of State's son, came out and asked him what he wanted. Powell hit Steward with his revolver so hard he fracturing his skull in two places. Powell was now confronted with George Robinson, Seward's bodyguard. Powell slashed him with his bowie knife before leaping onto Seward's bed and repeatedly stabbed him. Powell, thinking he had killed him, racing out of the house where Herold was waiting with his horse. Herold went to Mary Surratt's boarding house and together with John Wilkes Booth, who had successfully killed Abraham Lincoln, headed for the Deep South.
Copyright The Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History
Module Civil War, Reconstruction and the Modern Era: 1860-1945