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Stanton, Edwin M. (1814-1869) [Lincoln assassination reward poster]

Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC04092 Author/Creator: Stanton, Edwin M. (1814-1869) Place Written: s.l. Type: Broadsides Date: 20 April 1865 Pagination: 1

Summary of Content: Contains a message from the War Department advertising a $100,000 total reward for the capture of John Surrat, John Wilkes Booth and David Herold. Specifies amount rewarded for each capture: Booth ($50,000), Surrat ( $25,000), and Herold ($25,000). Gives a brief physical description of Booth and his accomplices.

People: Lincoln, Abraham, 1809-1865.
Herold, David E., 1844-1865.
Booth, John Wilkes, 1838-1865.
Surratt, John H. (John Harrison), 1844-1916.

Historical Era: Civil War and Reconstruction, 1861-1877

Keywords/Subjects: President Death, Assassinations, Lincoln Assassination, Crime, Criminals and Outlaws, Government and Civics

Sub Era: The American Civil War