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American Civil War, Mexican-American War, War of 1812

AmericanBorn Lewis Thornton POWELL

American Confederate soldier who attempted to assassinate William Henry Seward as part of the Lincoln assassination plot

Born on April 22, 1844 in Randolph, Alabama , United States

Died on July 7, 1865 in Washington, D.C. , United States

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Wounded at the Battle of Gettysburg, he later served in Mosby's Rangers before working with the Confederate Secret Service in Maryland. John Wilkes Booth recruited him into a plot to kidnap Lincoln and turn the president over to the Confederacy, but then decided to assassinate Lincoln, Seward, and Vice President Andrew Johnson instead, and assigned Powell the task to kill Seward.

Co-conspirator David Herold was to guide Powell to Seward's home, then help him escape, but fled before Powell was able to exit the Seward home. He arrived at the boarding house run by Mary Surratt, mother of co-conspirator John Surratt, three days later while the police were there conducting a search, and was arrested. Powell, Surratt, Herold, and George Atzerodt were sentenced to death by a military tribunal, and executed at the Washington Arsenal.


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