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Collection Reference Number GLC07738.04
From Archive Folder Photographs of Lincoln assassination conspirators 
Title Albumen of Edward Spangler
Date 27 April 1865
Author Gardner, Alexander (1821-1882)  
Document Type Photograph
Content Description Inscribed on verso: "Edward Spangler. Conspirator." Photograph shows Spangler in wrist irons imprisoned aboard the U.S.S. Saugus. Spangler is wearing a dark heavy coat and is facing slightly to the right. The photograph is mounted on board.
Subjects Lincoln Assassination  Assassination  President  Prisoner    
People Gardner, Alexander (1821-1882)  Lincoln, Abraham (1809-1865)  Spangler, Edward (fl. 1865-1866)  
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. Edman Spangler was born in York, Pennsylvania on 10th August, 1825. While at Bland School in York he met John Wilkes Booth. During the American Civil War Spangler moved to Washington where he found work as a carpenter and scene shifter at Ford's Theatre. On 14th April, 1865, Spangler was involved in preparing the State Box for President Abraham Lincoln. During the work a fellow employee testified that Spangler was highly critical of the president. After the assassination of Abraham Lincoln, a member of the audience, Jacob Ritterspaugh, claimed the Spangler hit him in the face in an attempt to stop him chasing after John Wilkes Booth. Spangler also said: "Don't say which way he went." Spangler was arrested by the police and charged with being part of the plot to kill the president.
Copyright The Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History
Module Civil War, Reconstruction and the Modern Era: 1860-1945