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Published on Dec 29, 2009
On May 1, 1865, two weeks after Abraham Lincolns assassination, President Andrew Johnson appointed John Frederick Hartranft to command the Washington Arsenal military prison, which housed the eight civilians accused of complicity in the shooting. Hartranft was responsible for the most notorious prisoners in American history and kept a meticulous official account of his duties. Join editors Harold Holzer and Edward Steers, Jr., as they discuss this National Archives record for the first time and provide a behind the scenes glimpse of the assassinations aftermath. A book signing will follow the program. This program is presented in partnership with the National Archives regional archives in Philadelphia and the Foundation for the National Archives. Its full title reads: "The Lincoln Assassination Conspirators: Their Confinement and Execution, as Recorded in the Letterbook of John Frederick Hartranft"