Keys to the Abraham Lincoln Conspirators Prison Cells

Keys to the Abraham Lincoln Conspirators Prison Cells

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Once captured, the Lincoln conspirators were closely and constantly guarded. During their trial, iron keys locked their prison cells.
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.
Transfer from the War Department, 1904
Currently not on view
Object Name
associated date
associated person
Lincoln, Abraham
used in
United States: District of Columbia, Fort Lesley J. McNair
Physical Description
iron (overall material)
overall: 10 7/8 in x 4 in x 7/8 in; 27.6225 cm x 10.16 cm x 2.2225 cm
ID Number
catalog number
accession number
Assassination of Abraham Lincoln
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Political and Military History: Political History, General History Collection
Government, Politics, and Reform
Selections from the Abraham Lincoln Collection
Data Source
National Museum of American History
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