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Ned or Edward SPANGLER;
Chapter 11.

Accused No. 7: 
A carpenter and handyman at Ford's Theater, new 
BOOTH for years. He was not hard to find -  there were two places 
to look since he slept where ever he felt like in the FORD 
theater each night and took his meals in an Boarding House 
several blocks away.  Detectives found him at the Boarding House 
on Monday morning, April 17, 1865 and captured him and his carpet 
bag which had an 80 foot piece of rope in it, probably stolen 
from the theater for his favorite sport of Crab fishing. SPANGLER 
was first put in the Old Capitol Prison, but when it began to be 
remembered that after BOOTH rode crazily away on his horse down 
the back alley that night, SPANGLER had called out "Don't say 
which way he went!" - he was quickly transferred to the hold of 
one of the two gunboats laying off in  the Navy Yard, the special 
confinement Secretary STANTON had ordered for the ones he felt to 
be guilty. He was accused of helping BOOTH get out of the back 
door of the theater after the murder. [REF: #5  pg188

   Brought to Trial:
EDWARD SPANGLER, the Ford Theater scene shifter; During the trial 
he was labeled as having cleared the back passageway off the stage 
for BOOTH to escape, perhaps having whittled the wooden bar to place 
from the box door across to the mortise in the wall; Who for months 
had been caring for BOOTH's horse in the alley stable; Appeared to 
everyone to be a hard drinker whose features had been coarsened by 
his intemperance, and to be surly by nature; He looked terrified during 
the trial; Often trembled visibly. Also his appearance was not endearing, 
his face was continually covered with a dingy stubble of beard. [REF: #1. 
pg198

   Trial Sentence:
EDWARD SPANGLER was sentenced to "Six Years of Hard Labor" 
on 30 June 1865; spent 4 years in Dry Tortugas, Florida Prison; 
Was Pardoned  by President ANDREW JOHNSON in 1869. 

End of Chapter 11.


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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