The Abraham Lincoln Conspiracy Album (1865)

This album traces the assassination of President Abraham Lincoln. It was compiled late in the summer of 1865 by armchair detective Col. Arnold A. Rand (1837 – 1917), a retired Union Officer of the 4th Cavalry Regiment of Massachusetts Volunteers and an avid collector of Civil War images.

Beginning with a view of Ford’s Theater, the crime scene, the scrapbook narrative ends with the conspirators’ executions. The photographs were taken by Alexander Gardner, who took portraits of the criminals aboard the USS Montauk, anchored in the Potomac River. Of particular note is Mr Lewis Payne, whose fashions and haircut suggest time-travel.

Images are mounted on gray/blue board. All of the pages are cut from the binding. It’s all terrific stuff, imagining the retired soldier sat in his parlour puzzling out the who, where, why and when of the biggest crime of the age.

 

Ford's Theatre, Washington, (Where President Lincoln was Assassinated)

Ford’s Theatre, Washington, (Where President Lincoln was Assassinated)

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Samuel Arnold. (One of the Lincoln Assassination Conspirators)

Samuel Arnold. (One of the Lincoln Assassination Conspirators)

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Abraham Lincoln conspirators

Samuel Arnold

Execution of the Lincoln Assassination Conspirators. The Scaffold.

Execution of the Lincoln Assassination Conspirators. The Scaffold.

Shooting of Booth

Shooting of Booth

George B. Atzerodt

George B. Atzerodt

Ruins of Garrett's Barn and Out-Houses, near Port Royal, Where Booth was Shot.

Ruins of Garrett’s Barn and Out-Houses, near Port Royal, Where Booth was Shot.

George B. Atzerodt. (One of the Lincoln Assassination Consiprators)

George B. Atzerodt. (One of the Lincoln Assassination Consiprators)

Capture of Harrold and the Shooting of Booth in the Barn of Garath's Farm, by a detachment of the 16th. New York Cavalry under the Order of Col. Baker.

Capture of Harrold and the Shooting of Booth in the Barn of Garath’s Farm, by a detachment of the 16th. New York Cavalry under the Order of Col. Baker.

Howard's Stable, Washington, Where Booth hired the horse on which he escaped.

Howard’s Stable, Washington, Where Booth hired the horse on which he escaped.

Copy of hand written note from James W. Eldridge

Copy of hand written note from James W. Eldridge

Harold's House, near the Washington Navy-Yard.

Harold’s House, near the Washington Navy-Yard.

Lewis Payne

Lewis Payne

Lewis Payne Powell, alias Lewis Payne, Who Attacked Hon. W.H. Seward

Lewis Payne Powell, alias Lewis Payne, Who Attacked Hon. W.H. Seward

Execution of Lincoln Assassination Conspirators.

Execution of Lincoln Assassination Conspirators.

Michael O'Loughlin (sic)

Michael O’Loughlin (sic)

Michael O'Laughlin. One of the Lincoln Assassination Conspirators.

Michael O’Laughlin. One of the Lincoln Assassination Conspirators.

Execution of Lincoln Assassination Conspirators. Reading the Warrant.

Execution of Lincoln Assassination Conspirators. Reading the Warrant.

David E. Herold

David E. Herold

David E. Herold, one of the Lincoln Assassination Conspirators.

David E. Herold, one of the Lincoln Assassination Conspirators.

Lewis Payne

Lewis Payne

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Execution of the Lincoln Conspirators

Execution of the Lincoln Conspirators

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Edward Spangler

Edward Spangler

Harold's House, near the Washington Navy-Yard.

Harold’s House, near the Washington Navy-Yard.

Edward Spangler. One of the Lincoln Assassination Conspirators.

Edward Spangler. One of the Lincoln Assassination Conspirators.

Execution of Lincoln Assassination Conspirators. Adjusting the Ropes.

Execution of Lincoln Assassination Conspirators. Adjusting the Ropes.

Lewis Payne

Lewis Payne

Man arrested on suspicion of being one of the Lincoln Assassination Conspirators. Name not disclosed. [Identified as Joao M. Celestino]

Man arrested on suspicion of being one of the Lincoln Assassination Conspirators. Name not disclosed. [Identified as Joao M. Celestino]

Execution of Lincoln Assassination Conspirators, Conspirator's graves.

Execution of Lincoln Assassination Conspirators, Conspirator’s graves.

Conspirator's execution - bodies hanging from scaffold

Conspirator’s execution – bodies hanging from scaffold

Man arrested on suspicion of being one of the Lincoln Assassination Conspirators. Name not disclosed. [Identified as Hartmann Richter]

Man arrested on suspicion of being one of the Lincoln Assassination Conspirators. Name not disclosed. [Identified as Hartmann Richter]

Man arrested on suspicion of being one of the Lincoln Assassination Conspirators. Name not disclosed. [Identified as Hartmann Richter]

Man arrested on suspicion of being one of the Lincoln Assassination Conspirators. Name not disclosed. [Identified as Hartmann Richter]

Execution of Lincoln Assassination Conspirators. Taken from roof of the Arsenal.

Execution of Lincoln Assassination Conspirators. Taken from roof of the Arsenal.

Man arrested on suspicion of being one of the Lincoln Assassination conspirators. Name not disclosed. [Identified as Joao M. Celestino]

Man arrested on suspicion of being one of the Lincoln Assassination conspirators. Name not disclosed. [Identified as Joao M. Celestino]

Man arrested on suspicion of being one of the Lincoln Assassination conspirators. Name not disclosed. [Identified as Joao M. Celestino]

Man arrested on suspicion of being one of the Lincoln Assassination conspirators. Name not disclosed. [Identified as Joao M. Celestino]

Mrs. Surratt (Photographic copy of drawing)

Mrs. Surratt (Photographic copy of drawing)