Today in American history…four condemned prisoners were executed for their part in the conspiracy to assassinate President Lincoln. It was a hot Summer day on July 7, 1865 in our Nations Capitol – kind of like the one we are having today.
The condemned were Mary Surratt – the first woman to be executed by the federal government – Lewis Powell, George Atzerodt and David Herold.
No one believed Mrs. Surratt would be executed and many thought would receive a reprieve at the last moment. The noose that was made for her even had less rings on it because the person making the noose commented that why bother? She would be let go anyway, he thought.
To this day, Mrs Surratt is a complex historical figure. Did she indeed hatch the plot with the others? Or was she just an innocent bystander?