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Samuel Bland ARNOLD; (1834-1906)
Chapter 5.

Accused No. 1: Attended St. Charles School, MD. friend of BOOTH, 
a member of the Plot-to-Capture, he soon broke away from it and 
went down to Fortress Monore to work. He was not in Washington, 
D.C. at the time of the assassination on Friday, April 14, 1865. 
He was easy to find the Government had been keeping track of him, 
after getting wind of the Plot-to- Capture in March 1865. Was 
captured on Monday, April 17, 1865 in the Store at Fortress 
Monroe just South of Newport News, VA. where he had been living 
and sleeping for two weeks. He had broken with BOOTH over the 
actor's bad management, as ARNOLD considered it, in not pulling 
off the Kidnaping when so many good opportunities had presented 
themselves. He had written to BOOTH on March 27, 1865 that the 
Government was definitely suspicious of something going on and 
the whole enterprise was getting dangerous. Was brought back to 
Washington D.C. and placed in the hole of the Saugus [REF: #5  pg188

   Brought to Trial:
SAMUEL B. ARNOLD, age 34, sat next to Mrs. SURRATT, or rather next
to the soldier between them, and was excessively restless -- constantly 
leaning forward and back clasping and unclasping his hands. But everyone 
was quite disappointed to have to admit that this one particular prisoner 
did not look evil at all, he had a frank, open expression and looked 
like a nice young man. [REF: #5  pg197

   Trial Sentence:
SAMUEL B. ARNOLD, was sentenced to "Life in Prison" on 30 
June 1865; was pardoned after 4 years in 1869, released by 
President ANDREW JOHNSON from  the Federal Prison, Dry Tortugas, 
Florida, and lived to write down his story; died in 1906, age 71.
See "Memoirs of a Lincoln Conspirator", by Samuel B. Arnold, edited by
Michael W. Kauffman; was published as a newspaper series in 1902
it is reproduced verbatim, along with supplementary notes, appendices, 
and photographs, 1995, 205 pages, illus, append, indexed, paper. 
Available from "Heritage Books", April 1996 Catalogue, #K082 $21.00 ..prs]

End of Chapter 05.


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The Conspirators Index
 
Chap.
F.Name
L.Name
b. d.
Subject
01.
Abraham
Lincoln
1809-1865
Profile
02.
John W.
Booth
1838-1865
Profile
03.
John W.
Booth
1838-1865
Pursuit, Death & Burial
04.
The
Conspirators
 
Trial of the Assassins
05.
Samuel B.
Arnold
1834-1906
Profile
06.
George T.
Atzerodt
1832-1865
Profile
07.
David
Herold
1844-1865
Profile
08.
Samuel A.
Mudd
1833-1933
Profile
09.
Michael
O'Laughlin
1840-1867
Profile
10.
Lewis T.
Powell
18??-1865
Profile
11.
Edward "Ned"
Spangler
18??-18??
Profile
12.
Mary E. (Jenkins)
SURRATT
1817-1865
Profile
12.1
Mary E. (Jenkins)
SURRATT
1817-1865
Genealogy FGS
13.
John H., Jr.
SURRATT
1844-1916
Profile
13.1
John H., Jr.
SURRATT
1844-1916
1870 Lecture
13.2
John H., Jr.
SURRATT
1844-1916
Genealogy FGS
14.
The
Conspirators
 
End of Nightmare for the Doomed!
15.
The
Conspirators
 
Notes & Reference

E-Mail: Paul R. Sarrett, Jr., Auburn CA.

Text - Copyright © 1996, 1997, 1998, 1999 20000 Paul R. Sarrett, Jr.
Created: Dec. 01, 1996; Revised: Feb. 25, 2000