National Police Gazette, 1865

The National Police Gazette detailed the events of Lincoln’s assassination.
John Wilkes Booth’s attack on Lincoln was part of a larger plot to assassinate national leaders and throw the North into turmoil. The conspirators also planned to murder Vice President Andrew Johnson and Secretary of State William Seward. Besides Booth, eight individuals were charged. Because the plot was considered an act of war, a military commission tried the accused. The court sentenced four suspects to be hanged, and the others to prison.
Gift of Ralph E. Becker, 1961
Currently not on view
Object Name
date made
referenced; depicted
Lincoln, Abraham
Booth, John Wilkes
Seward, William Henry
Physical Description
paper (overall material)
white with black type (overall color)
overall: 26 in x 19 in; 66.04 cm x 48.26 cm
place made
United States: New York, New York
ID Number
catalog number
accession number
Government, Politics, and Reform
Selections from the Abraham Lincoln Collection
Assassination of Abraham Lincoln
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Political History: Political History, General History Collection
Selections from the Abraham Lincoln Collection
Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center
Credit Line
Ralph E. Becker
Related Publication
Rubenstein, Harry R.. Abraham Lincoln: An Extraordinary Life

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