One of the eight individuals tried for conspiracy in Lincoln’s assassination, Samuel Bland Arnold received a sentence of life imprisonment for his involvement in John Wilkes Booth’s initial abduction plot. Arnold was one of Booth’s boyhood friends from his school days in Baltimore, and had served in the service of the Confederacy early in the war. When Booth introduced Arnold to another boyhood friend of his, Michael O’Laughlen, the two joined Booth’s conspiracy to capture Abraham Lincoln and ferry him south. Arnold later became disenfranchised with Booth and his grandiose scheme, and left Washington to take a job in Virginia a few weeks before the assassination. He was found out and arrested when investigators found an incriminating letter in Booth’s papers addressed from ”Sam”. He served almost four years imprisonment at Fort Jefferson on the Dry Tortugas before being pardoned by Andrew Johnson. From then on he lived the quiet life of a hermit. In 1902, he finally allowed his version of the story to be told.
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Here’s a quick photo post from my phone as Lindsey and I head back from a day in Baltimore. We stopped by three Baltimorean cemeteries today, Green Mount, St. Paul’s, and Loudon Park. This was our first visit to the last two. I brought along my camera but did not charge it before we left. It died after taking pictures of the Booth plot in Green Mount. What follows are some the pictures I had to take on phone. I hope you like them:
The unmarked plot of the Taubert family in St. Paul’s cemetery in Druid Hill Park. Here is where family members of George Atzerodt are buried including his mother, sister, brother in law, and his nieces and nephews. It was once thought that George Atzerodt was also buried here, but recent research on this site has determined this to be incorrect.
Section and the approximate area in which John C. Atzerodt is buried in Loudon Park Cemetery. John was George’s brother and a detective who investigated his brother’s involvement. John is the one who received his brother’s body upon its release in 1869. The section in which John is buried is one of individual plots and sparsely marked. A thorough search of the area was conducted but no marker for John was discovered.
The Richmond Whig newspaper carried this article on August 4, 1865 covering the arrival of the Lincoln assassination conspirators to their prison of Fort Jefferson, Dry Tortugas:
What surprised me the most about this article is the claim that, upon reaching the island, the prisoners were relieved at finding it, “not so bad a place as they had supposed,” as it had a “fine sea breeze” and was a “very healthy” place. Nothing could be further from the truth.
Early in his memoirs, Sam Arnold accurately describes the Fort thusly:
“Without exception, it was the most horrible place the eye of man ever rested upon, where day after day, the miserable existence was being dragged out, intermixed with sickness, bodily suffering, want and pinching hunger…”
It would have been a fallacy to think that Fort Jefferson was “healthy” in any sense of the word. Scurvy, malnutrition, diarrhea, and diseases like yellow fever ran rampant. The sick were oftentimes quarantined and only aided by a handful of doctors and nurses. No one enjoyed life on Fort Jefferson. Especially not Dr. Mudd, Edman Spangler, Samuel Arnold, or Michael O’Laughlen.
Richmond Whig, 8/4/1865
Memoirs of the Lincoln Conspirators by Michael Kauffman
Fort Jefferson Historical Structures Report
Reader littlecoco7 posed the following question under the Quesenberry post:
“This has nothing to do with this topic, but I would like to know out of all the conspirators who had their picture taken from Alexander Gardner, how come there was no photo of Mary Surratt taken?”
Thanks so much for the question littlecoco7. The mug shots of the conspirators are very valuable resources to us now. For George Atzerodt, Michael O’Laughlen, and Edman Spangler, these few shots consist of our entire photographic record of their lives. While engravings and drawings were made of them during their time in the court room, we have yet to find other photographs of these individuals. Even those who we do have additional images of, the mug shots are unique in showing them as they were almost immediately after the crime was committed. Before delving into your question as to why Mary Surratt (and Dr. Mudd for that matter) were not photographed with the rest, let’s look into how and when the conspirators were photographed.
The best resource for information about the images of the conspirators is the team of Barry Cauchon and John Elliott. These talented gentlemen are in the process of writing a highly anticipated book regarding the incarceration of the Lincoln conspirators. One of my links on the side of this blog is to Barry Cauchon’s blog, “A Little Touch of History” while the pairs’ Facebook page about their book, “Inside the Walls” is here. Barry and John presented some of their findings at the 2011 and 2012 Surratt Society Lincoln Assassination Conferences. Their research was remarkable to say the least. To keep their excited fan base content while waiting for the final publication of their book, they produced two supplementary booklets about their talking points. The most recent one that they sold at the 2012 conference was entitled, “13 Days Aboard the Monitors” and delved into the mug shot photo sessions and the hoods worn by the conspirators. All the information in this post can be found in this terrific booklet and is currently available for purchase through Barry and John and the Surratt House Bookstore.
Through the research of Barry Cauchon and John Elliott we believe that three photograph sessions occurred while the conspirators were imprisoned aboard the monitors Saugus and Montauk. The first set of images were all taken of a standing Lewis Powell wearing the clothes he was found in and the clothes he was wearing when he attack Secretary Seward. There were a total of six pictures taken on this day, April 18th.
At this point in time, only two of the conspirators were being housed on the monitors; Michael O’Laughlen and Lewis Powell.
Gardner came back to photograph the conspirators on April 25th. By this point all of the main conspirators except for Booth and Herold had been arrested. Gardner photographed Powell again, along with Michael O’Laughlen, George Atzerodt, Edman Spangler, Sam Arnold and Hartman Richter. Richter was a cousin of George Atzerodt’s and was hiding George in his house when the authorities caught up with him. While Richter would be cleared of any involvement in the conspiracy to kill Lincoln, in these early days of the investigation he was locked up and photographed with the main gang.
Finally, on April 27th, Gardner returned for his last photograph session. Here he took pictures of the recently captured Davy Herold and another conspirator Joao Celestino. Celestino was a Portuguese ship captain with an intense hatred for William Seward. It was thought he was involved with the attempt on the Secretary’s life but was later released as no evidence existed to connect him to Booth’s plan.
It has also been written that Gardner and his assistant took one photograph of the autopsy of John Wilkes Booth. The single print of the event was apparently turned over the War Department but has never been found. If it was taken, it was either destroyed shortly thereafter, or still remains undiscovered somewhere today.
In the wee hours of April 29th, the conspirators on were transferred off of the monitors and into the Old Arsenal Penitentiary.
So, why didn’t Mary Surratt and Dr. Mudd get their pictures taken? In short, they were not photographed because they weren’t there and their complicity in the affair had yet to be determined. Though Mary Surratt had been arrested when Powell showed up at her boardinghouse at the most inopportune time, she was not imprisoned on the iron clads. Instead, she and her household were sent to the Old Capitol Prison merely as questionable suspects. The same held true for Dr. Mudd who joined others involved in Booth’s escape like Colonel Samuel Cox, Thomas Jones, and Thomas Harbin, at the Old Capitol Prison. In the initial stages of the investigation, Mary Surratt and Dr. Mudd were not seen as conspirators. It was not until more and more evidence arose pointing towards their foreknowledge and association with the assassin that they were treated less like witnesses and more like accomplices.
While searching newspapers today, I stumbled across an article regarding Samuel Arnold’s 1902 newspaper serial about his involvement in the conspiracy to kidnap President Lincoln. The completed serial ran in the Baltimore American and can be purchased in book form as Memoirs of a Lincoln Conspirator edited by Michael Kauffman. What was new to me in this article was not the content, but rather an image of Sam Arnold that I had never seen previously:
At first, I thought it was a rather poor drawing by a Dallas newspaperman based off of Sam’s mug shot photo:
After a little bit of searching, I discovered the image in two other papers, both in Illinois, dated the 11th and 28th:
Then I found a slightly different, but similiar image of Sam Arnold in another 1902 newspaper:
To me, this version in the Inquirer appears to be the most lifelike and looks to be taken from a photo. Alterations have been made to it, of course, but not to the same degree as the first few versions. Still I cannot decide whether I think these images are based off a true, unknown image of Sam or if they are just an artist’s interpreation of Sam. I’ve created a poll to get your feedback. What do you think?
When it comes to the assassination saga, there are many remarkable individuals. There are several men and women who stand on their own in the drama that occurred in 1865. As students of the assassination though, there are also many people (and aspects of their stories) that we have joined together. There are names and experiences that we have come to almost automatically associate together as a set or a pair. The Lincoln’s guests that fateful evening, Major Henry Rathbone and Clara Harris, are one such couple that, by virtue of engagement and tragedy, are forever linked together as a pair. Louis Weichmann and John Lloyd, as the chief witnesses again Mary Surratt in the trial, share a legacy in books and a recent movie. John Wilkes Booth and David Herold are linked due to their shared twelve day escape.
In addition to these and many others we have created, two men tried during the summer months of 1865 are interconnected. Though strangers until that fateful year, Samuel Arnold and Michael O’Laughlen, are now rarely spoken of as individuals. Rather, Sam and Mike are a pair.
Both knew John Wilkes Booth when they were children. Both joined Maryland regiments in the Confederate army. Both left military service early. Both agreed to aid John Wilkes Booth in his kidnapping plot. Both lost interest and split with Booth before the plot turned to assassination, and both were sentence by the military tribunal to life imprisonment at FortJefferson. They shared such similar lives, it makes sense that one would invoke the other. After reading over accounts of the time that these two men spent together when in the employ of Booth and their subsequent incarceration, one cannot help but imagine a friendship that must have grown between the two men. While all the conspirators started as strangers to each other, spokes connected by the hub of John Wilkes Booth, Sam and Mike appear to share the same values and life experiences that would produce a true friendship. The shared imprisonment would lead to a friendship between Dr. Mudd and Edman Spangler as well, but, in my eyes, Sam and Mike’s had a stronger foundation.
One discrepant piece of information towards a strong friendship between Sam and Mike is Sam Arnold’s own memoirs. As was previously written, Sam Arnold released his memoirs after a different Sam Arnold died and the newspapers reported his own death. In these memoirs he recounts his involvement with Booth and gives graphic descriptions of his time at FortJefferson. In Michael Kauffman’s edited book of Arnold’s memoirs, he succinctly points out a large anomaly in the narrative:
“The most striking omission is the absence of any comment on the case of his cellmate, Michael O’Laughlen. Arnold ignores him so completely that in telling about the end of the yellow fever epidemic , Arnold writes that, ‘happily, we lived through it all,” when, in fact, O’Laughlen had died from the disease.”
While Arnold’s account was written many years after O’Laughlen’s death, the omission of so much regarding him is odd. In truth, it throws a bit of a monkey wrench in my whole, “They were good friends,” hypothesis. If I lost a close, albeit rather recent, friend in jail, I would probably write about him. In the end, I still maintain they two shared a bond of friendship due to a brief mention in an article regarding the other Sam Arnold’s death.
The October 9, 1902, Baltimore American ran an article correcting the misconception that the conspirator Sam Arnold had died. In it, they attempted to find out where the real Sam Arnold was. During their search they reported the following regarding Sam’s life:
“When he came back from his island prison, off the Florida coast, he brought with him a number of mementoes of one of his fellow prisoners from Baltimore, who had died of fever, to the latter’s brother here. This brother said yesterday that he had not seen or heard from “Sam Arnold” for at least 15 years, and he was reasonably sure he had not been in Baltimore during that time.”
So while Dr. Mudd was the man who attended to Mike on his deathbed and Spangler was the one Mike said his last goodbye to, it was Sam Arnold who returned Mike’s effects to his brother Samuel Williams O’Laughlen. To me, that shows a deep friendship. Sam wanted to connect with the family of his lost friend and bring them some comfort.
Though O’Laughlen’s brother stated he hadn’t heard from Arnold in 15 years that still means Arnold was in contact with the O’Laughlen family into the 1880’s. Friends do that. They keep in touch with the family and they share memories long after a loved one has passed.
In my view, the absence of Mike’s death in Sam’s memoirs does not display coldness. I choose to believe that Sam was deeply affected by Mike’s passing. I choose to believe that the two men shared a strong, emotional bond that kept Arnold from publicly expressing his grief at his friend’s death. Mike is avoided in Sam’s memoirs, not because he meant nothing to him, but because he meant a great deal.
While my views on Sam and Mike’s friendship are merely my personal opinion, there is nevertheless a connection between these two men. They shared so much in life, that we have appropriately linked them together. When a discussion of the conspirators arises, the name of one man will almost inevitably follow the other. It appears that Sam and Mike will be associated together more than any other two conspirators, and they fittingly rest in peace in the same cemetery for all time.
Memoirs of a Lincoln Conspirator by Samuel Bland Arnold edited by Michael Kauffman
Baltimore American – “Death Recalls Great Tragedy” 10/9/1902
The following is Samuel Arnold’s full confession that he gave following his arrest on April 17th. This account is copied from William Edwards’ book The Lincoln Assassination – The Rewards Files. Mr. Edwards is the author behind the trilogy of primary sources regarding the assassination. The Evidence, The Court Transcripts, and The Rewards Files, are all essential materials for those studying the assassination. They contain the bulk of the government’s microfilmed records and are priceless to the researcher. The Evidence can be bought as both a physical book (the Surratt House Museum offers the best value on this) and as a non-searchable ebook. The Trial Transcript can be purchased as a searchable ebook. The Rewards Files were previously released on a CD-ROM (still available through the Surratt House Museum) and will shortly be released as an ebook through Google Books. EDIT: The book is now available for purchase here.
I have previously written my support of Edwards’ Trial Transcripts and I will certainly let you all know when The Reward Files are available for download. In the meantime, Arnold’s confession provides some of the most reliable information about the original abduction conspiracy:
“To Whom it May Concern,
Know that I, Saml B. Arnold, about the latter part of August or first part of September 1864, was sent for by J. Wilkes Booth, who was a guest at Barnum Hotel, City of Baltimore Md. to come to see him. Had not seen the same J. Wilkes Booth since 1852, when we both were schoolmates together at St. Timothy’s Hall, President L. Van Bokelin then having said Hall as place of tuition. Reception warm calling for wine and cigars conversing a short time upon our former school boy days. We were interrupted by a knock at the door, when Michael O’Laughlen was ushered in. After a formal introduction, we sat sipping our wine, and then smoke a cigar. During smoking he having heard previously of my feelings or sentiments, he spoke in glowing terms of the confederacy and of the number of surplus prisoners in the hands of the United States, and then ensued the proposition by J. Wilkes Booth and which he J. Wilkes Booth thought could be accomplished viz; Kidnapping President Lincoln as he frequently went unguarded out to Soldiers Home, and he thought he could be picked up, carried to Richmond, and for his exchange produce the exchange (for the President) of all the prisoners in the Federal hands. He, J. Wilkes Booth the originator asked if we would enter into it. After the painting of the chance of success in such glowing colors, we consented viz; Michael O’Loughlin and myself. Secrecy bound not to divulge it to a living soul. Saw him no more. Yes I saw him again and then he J. Wilkes Booth left to arrange the business north. First to New York then to the Oil region, from there to Boston and finally to Canada. Was to be back in a month. Received a letter which I destroyed stating he was laid up with Eryeocippolis in the arm and as soon as he was able, he would be with us. Months rolled around, he did not make his appearance until some time in January. In his trunk he had two guns (maker unknown), cap cartridges which were placed in the gun stock (Spencer Rifle I think called) revolver, knife belts, cartridge boxes, cartridge caps, canteen, all fully fixed out which were to be used in case of pursuit, and two pairs handcuffs to handcuff the President. His trunk being so heavy he gave the pistols knives and handcuffs to Michael O’Laughlen and myself to have shipped or bring to Washington to which place he had gone. Bought horse buggy, wagon and harness leaving the team &c. to drive on to Washington. Started from Baltimore about twelve or one o’clock after having shipped the box containing the knives, handcuffs and pistols, arriving in Washington at seven or half past seven. Met him on the street as we were passing theater. We alighted, took a drink and he told us of the theater plan slightly, saying he would wait till we put the horse away and tell us more fully. He had previously as I now remember spoken of the chance in the theater if we could not succeed in the other at Soldiers Home. We went to theater that night, he J. Wilkes Booth telling us about the different back entrances and how feasible the plan was. He, J. Wilkes Booth, had rented a stable in rear of the theater having bought two horses down the country, one in stable behind theater and the other at livery. Met him next day went to breakfast together. He was always pressed with business with a man unknown and then only by name, John Surratt. Most of his Booth’s time was spent with him. We were left entirely in the dark. Michael O’Loughlen and myself rented a room in D Street 420 No. Obtained meals at Franklin House cor of 8th and D St. and there lived for nearly two months, seeing him perhaps three or four times per week and when seen always but a short time still pressing business aleays on hand viz. John Surratt.
Michael O’Laughlen and myself drove out occasionally the horse liveried at Nailor’s Stable drove always (but once) in the city and Georgetown. The once excepted across Eastern Branch Bridge when we went upwards of five miles and returned I suppose. That was the only time I ever went over the Bridge. How often J. Wilkes Booth crossed I cannot state, but from his own words often. Thus was Michael O’Laughlens time spent and mine for the most part down at Ruhlman’s Hotel and Lichau House on Pennsylvania and Louisiana Avenues in drinking and amusements with other Baltimoreans besides ourselves congregating there all of whom knew nothing of our business but selling oil stock. Oil stock was the blind for them as well as my family. During the latter part of March while standing on Ruhlman’s and Lichau’s porch between 11 & 12 o’clock PM a young man name unknown, as I cannot remember names, about 5 feet 5 or 6 inches high thick set, long nose, sharp chin, wide cheek, small eye, I think grey, dark hair, and well dressed, color don’t remember, said called Michael O’Laughlen aside and said J. Wilkes Booth wish to see us both at Gaither’s Saloon on Avenue. I was there for the first time introduced to him, but forgot his name. We walked up together, Michael O’Laughlen, this unknown and myself were ushered into the presence of J. Wilkes Booth who introduced me to John Surratt, Atzerodt (alias Port Tobacco) (alias) Mosby making in all seven persons. J. Wilkes Booth had stated to Michael O’Laughlen to bring me up in good humor (still always in the dark). Then commenced the plan. Each had his part to perform. First I was to rush in the box and seize the President whilst Atzerodt “alias” Port Tobacco and J. Wilkes Booth were to handcuff him and lower him on the stage whilst Mosby was to catch him and hold him until we all got down. Surratt and unknown to be on the other side of Bridge to facilitate escape, afterwards changed to Mosby and Booth to catch him in box throw him down to me on stage, O’Laughlen and unknown to put gas out. Surratt, Atzerodt “alias” Port Tobacco to be on the other side of Bridge. I was opposed to the whole proceeding, said it could not be done or accomplished if even which was of itself an impossibility to get him out of the box and to the Bridge. We would be stopped by sentinel. Shoot the sentinel says Booth. I said that would not do for if an alarm was given then the whole thing was up. As for me I wanted a shadow of a chance. M. O’Laughlen wanted to argue the same thing, whereupon J. Wilkes Booth remarked, you find fault with everything concerned about it. I said no I wanted to have a chance and I intended to have it, that he could be the leader of the party but not my executioner. Whereupon J. Wilkes Booth remarked in a stern commanding and angry voice, do you know you are liable to be shot your oath.[sic] I told him the plan a basis had been changed and a compact broken, on the part of one is broken by all. If you feel inclined to shoot me you have no further to go. I shall defend myself. This if I remember arightly was on a Thursday or a Friday night. When I said Gentlemen if this is not accomplished this week I forever withdraw from it. Staid up till about 6 or 7 o’clock AM Friday or Saturday and then to bed, remained indoors till twelve. I arose and went to get my breakfast. M. O’Laughlen and myself room together both arose at the same time and were always together in a measure. About two or three o’clock J. Wilkes Booth called at Lichau House to see O’Laughlen. What passed I know not. I told him I wanted to see him. Says he speak out. Well John what I said last night I mean if not done this week I withdraw. Went to bed about 7 ½ o’clock PM. Next day twas to be accomplished on the 7th Street road, it failed. Sunday I staid in Washington and Monday or Tuesday I returned to the city of Baltimore and thence to Hookstown. J. Wilkes Booth in meantime went to New York and returned during week, Saturday I think. Said he wished to see me on very urgent business. Father sent for me. I came from country and he had gone to Washington, whereupon I wrote him the letter published. Richmond authorities as far as I know knew nothing of the conspiracy. The letter was written after my return to country, after finding he could not wait to see me in Baltimore. During week I came in City again. Met M. O’Laughlen who asked me to go to Washington to finally arrange his affairs. I went in the morning Friday, returning same day. Cut loose forever from it. Received a letter J. H. Wharton at Fort Monroe giving me employment; went to country got my clothing and Saturday first day of April left Baltimore for Fort Monroe at which place I have remained, never corresponding with Booth or seeing him from above named date to the present writing. The groundwork was to kidnap the President without any violence none other were included therein. He never to me said he would kill him, further than this I know nothing and am innocent of having taken any part whatever in the dark deed committed.
The plan of escape was place Mr. Lincoln in the buggy purchased for that purpose, cross Eastern Branch Bridge, Surratt and Atzerodt “alias” Port Tobacco to pilot them to where a boat was concealed, turn horses loose, place the President in the boat and cross the Potomac to Virginia Shore and thence to make our way to Richmond. Surratt knew the route and was to act as pilot.
A box painted black like unto a sword box was sent to Booth from Hotel by a Porter there, to our room. Next day transferred in wagon, O’Laughlen acting pilot to some place. I was not present. After giving box to driver went to Georgetown and O’Laughlen had the full charge of it. M. O’Laughlen said he took it to a Mr. Heard and from thence the unknown carried it to his house, took guns out and carried them to Peedee. This latter clause Booth told me.
Saml. B. Arnold
Baltimore April 18th 1865“
Samuel Bland Arnold was born on September 6, 1834 to Benedict “George” and Mary (Bland) Arnold. In his early days, he and his brother William attended St. Timothy’s Hall, a military academy in Catonsville, MD. St. Timothy’s was a firm school requiring the students to wear steel-grey uniforms and maintain strict military discipline. In 1852, Sam and Billy became introduced to a fellow student, John Wilkes Booth. Booth was not the best of students, fighting against the regimental nature of the school. The death of John’s father in November of 1852 put an end to his time at St. Timothy’s. Sam, on the other hand learned well from his time at the academy. When John Wilkes Booth was developing his career as an actor, Sam signed up for service in the Confederate States of America. He joined the First Maryland Infantry in 1861 before he was discharged for illness. He later joined another brother, George, who was serving in the Nitre and Mining Bureau in Georgia. He left this position in early 1864 to care for his ailing mother in Baltimore. In August of 1864, John Wilkes Booth happened to run into his old schoolmate, William Arnold in Washington, D.C. William said that his brother Sam, a veteran of the CSA, was also in D.C. at the time, and he arranged a meeting with him and Booth.
The two old schoolmates quickly rekindled their friendship over drinks. During their meeting, another of Booth’s childhood friends, Michael O’Laughlen, appeared, having been invited by Booth. After a bit, Booth brought the two men into his confidence about his plan to abduct President Lincoln and hold him for ransom. Arnold and O’Laughlen, both influenced by and sharing in Booth’s dream for a drastic turn in the war, pledged themselves to help Booth fulfill his goal. This support in the kidnapping plot and an ambiguous letter from Sam found in Booth’s room would prove his undoing. After the assassination, Sam Arnold was sentenced to life imprisonment at Fort Jefferson, Dry Tortugas.
Fast forward 37 years later. Arnold was pardoned in 1869 after four years of the most grueling imprisonment possible. From his day of release, he lived a quiet, reserved life away from public eye. He denied interviews at every turn. Then on October 7th, 1902, Sam Arnold died…kind of:
As this article states, Arnold had promised to release a statement regarding his involvement upon his death. As of a few days later, however, no newspapers had been able uncover any such statement. The reason for this was discovered by another newspaper that reported the following:
Yes, it appears that the Samuel Arnold that died on October 7th was not the Sam Arnold involved in the conspiracy. Rather he was just a man that shared the same name as the conspirator. As Osborn Oldroyd had written, the real Sam Arnold had already died. He did so quietly and without any statement having been released upon his death. And so the world was left without ever hearing the words of the last Lincoln conspirator tried by military tribunal in 1865.
All of this breaking news about Sam Arnold’s death proved confusing to a 68 year-old resident of Friendship, MD.
As he read the many obituaries about the Lincoln conspirator, he saw how the newspapers continually perpetrated the same misconceptions and injustices of years past. Finally, he had seen enough. This man decided to change his previous arrangement regarding telling his story. The real, and very much alive, Samuel Bland Arnold decided to release his account:
Arnold’s account became a daily column for two weeks in many national newspapers. Most of his account detailed his imprisonment at Dry Tortugas. In 1995, author Michael Kauffman reprinted the account as the book Memoirs of a Lincoln Conspirator. It is an essential, albeit biased, version of the conspiracy that led to Lincoln’s assassination.
The real Sam Arnold actually died on September 21, 1906 at the home of his sister-in-law Helen Arnold. He is buried in Greenmount Cemetery in Baltimore. His nondescript “Arnold” stone rests in the same cemetery as John Wilkes Booth and Michael O’Laughlen, recreating his visit with the two men so many years before.
Post Script – Even after the mistakes that were made when the other Sam Arnold died, the press still made mistakes when the real one passed on. For example, did you know the conspirators were imprisoned in Hawaii?
My Thoughts Be Bloody by Nora Titone
American Brutus by Michael Kauffman
Memoirs of a Lincoln Conspirator by Michael Kauffman
Newspaper accounts retrieved from Genealogybank.com