New Gallery – George Atzerodt

An immigrant from Germany, Atzerodt joined Booth’s conspiracy to abduct President Lincoln due to his knowledge and skill at ferrying men and supplies across the Potomac. When the kidnapping plot failed, Atzerodt, still hoping to gain financially from his involvement with Booth, was assigned the task of killing Vice President Johnson.  He took a room at the Vice President’s hotel, the Kirkwood, on the morning of April 14th.  That night, as Booth struck at Ford’s Theatre and Powell attacked Secretary of State Seward in his bedroom, Atzerodt got a drink but failed to act.  He wandered around D.C. before making his way to Georgetown the next morning and taking the stage to his cousin’s house in Montgomery County, MD.  He was arrested there, brought back to Washington and imprisoned aboard the ironclad monitors, Saugus and Montauk.  From there he was transferred to the Old Arsenal Penitentiary.  Atzerodt remained imprisoned here during the duration of the trial of the conspirators.  George was found guilty by the military commission and executed by hanging on July 7th, 1865.

Visit the Picture Galleries to see the new collection of images relating to George Atzerodt.

EDIT: Thanks to Betty Ownsbey for sending me four new pictures of George for the gallery.  If anyone else has images they would like to share, feel free to email them to me at boothiebarn (at) gmail (dot) com.

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5 thoughts on “New Gallery – George Atzerodt

  1. Fantastic, Dave!

    Never knew about the “general holding vault” at Glenwood! Wonder if Mr. Powell also spent some time there?

    • Since we’ve determined that George was never buried in the Taubert plot at St. Paul’s, it is likely he was in the public holding vault for at least a couple of months.

      The vault isn’t big enough to hold all the bodies from Holmead, but perhaps if they moved a few at a time, it is possible.

  2. Great job, Dave, with the addition of the Atzerodt photos. Some I’ve never seen before!

  3. Wow, I hope Dan sees this. I am sure he’s in mourning because the Pats lost last night, and this might cheer him up a little.

  4. Julie

    These are amazing. I still can’t get over that gallows close up shot. It is so hard to fathom it was taken in 1865.

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