“Davey gulped nervously. Being quiet and sitting still had never been his strong suit, but now his life depended on it. He was dying to know how close any soldiers might be, but he knew better than to bring it up. Booth lay down to sleep, wincing in pain. The last thing on Davey’s mind, however, was sleep. He watched Jones slink away into the night, and sighed.He could see a small bit of the moon through the pine boughs – it still looked almost full. Its brightness paled the shining of the stars around it. It was a chilly night, and Davey shivered. He could see his breath, and began to yearn for his nice, warm bed at home. He would give anything to be there right now, to be snuggled deep down in the blankets, then to wake up to the nice smell of coffee and eggs in the morning.
Mrs. Herold would wake him up gently. He would try to shoo her away of course, begging for a few more minutes. But she would scold him, and begrudgingly he would rise. His sisters would already be downstairs, sitting at the table all prim and proper. Rubbing the sleep from his eyes, he would join them, and they would say grace before finally being able to eat.
Cold and saddened by his want for home, Davey lay down to sleep. He pushed together a mound of dry brown pine needles as a pillow and squirmed to find a comfortable position. He flipped up the collar on his coat, hunkered down, and fell asleep.” – Lindsey Horn, from her in-progress novel about conspirator Davy Herold
David Edgar Herold had a unique role among John Wilkes Booth’s conspirators. Beyond the failed abduction plot and the assassination itself, Davy was the only individual who accompanied John Wilkes Booth throughout his escape. Though given ample opportunities to leave Booth behind and make his own, swifter escape, Davy Herold stayed by Booth’s side. While many authors have tried to downplay Davy’s intelligence and character (Gore Vidal personified this when he described inventing, “a low life for him,” in his book, Lincoln), with the devotion he demonstrated, Davy Herold may very well be the most complex of all of Booth’s associates.
Our newest Picture Gallery here on BoothieBarn consists of images relating to the life of David Herold. The images show snapshots of his life before Booth, his involvement in Booth’s plot and their shared escape south, his capture at the Garrett’s farm, the trial of the conspirators, and his eventual execution on July 7th, 1865. Click here to see the new David Herold Picture Gallery!