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Re-Trial of Mary Surratt

Re-Trial of Mary Surratt

Re-Trial of Mary Surratt

Chicago, Illinois
Saturday, June 30, 2012

The April 1865 plots to assasinate President Lincoln, Vice President Johnson and Secretary of State Seward were planned in part at a boarding house owned and operated by Mary Surratt. After President Lincoln's assassination Mary Surratt was taken into custody and accused of participating in the conspiracy. She was tried by a military tribunal where she was not given the opportunity to testify and was later sentenced to death and executed. A group of Chicago lawyers, judges and historians re-tried Mary Surratt as if in a civilian court and left it up to the audience to decide her guilt or innocence.

Updated: Tuesday, June 26, 2012 at 11:48am (ET)

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