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David HEROLD; (1844-1865)
Chapter 7.

Accused No. 3: 
A poor-witted youth, although he was 21 years old, 
physicians described him as having the mind of an 11 year old. He 
hunted and fished in lower Maryland and so was thought useful to 
BOOTH for the Plot-to-Capture plan for his knowledge of its road 
system. His affidavit says he saw JOHN WILKES BOOTH on horseback, 
the night of the assassination, followed him across the Navy Yard 
bridge and accompanied him on his flight. DAVID HEROLD, was 
captured on Wednesday,  Apr. 26, 1865, in the GARRETT Barn where 
JOHN WILKES BOOTH was killed. On Thursday April 27, 1865, HEROLD 
was thrown into irons in the bowels of the Montauk

   Brought to Trial:
DAVID HEROLD, age 21 a Druggist clerk with a mother and seven sisters, 
had no chin (as ATZERODT had no neck ..prs) no forehead, it slanted 
back so rapidly. People  said his face looked like yellow wax, speckled 
with freckles painted thickly over cheeks and nose. He was said to 
be subnormal mentally; a silly boy who was easily persuaded by anyone 
he met to do what he had not the brains to know was wrong. Irresolute, 
as horribly scared as EDWARD SPANGLER , he was thought to look like 
a hopeless, trapped animal, and people said it was embarrassing to 
look at someone's exposed, naked, quivering soul. His features were 
also too small for his face, which was contempible and unhealthy dingy. 
[REF: #5  pg198

   Trial Sentence:
The Military Commission met secretly on the June 28 & 29 and voted 
the Death by Hanging penalty for "Conspiring to Murder"; Was not 
read the sentence until July 6, was hanged the next day at 1:00 o'clock 
p.m., July 7, 1865; Buried in the yard of the Old Penitentiary, 
Washington D.C. 

End of Chapter 07


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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