Michael O'Laughlin

Michael O'Laughlin was one of the Lincoln assassination conspirators, led by John Wilkes Booth, whose childhood friend he had been. O'Laughlin was working in Baltimore when Booth summoned him. He was shocked by the plan to kidnap Lincoln, and when the plot turned to murder he no longer played an active role. After hearing of the assassination he turned himself in. Tried with seven other plotters he was found guilty and sentenced to life imprisonment in Fort Jefferson in Dry Tortugas, Florida where he died of yellow fever. The other three conspirators at Fort Jefferson were pardoned by Andrew Johnson in 1869. This photograph was taken on the deck of the Saugus, one of the ships that carried the prisoners before they were jailed.

April 27, 1865
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Alexander Gardner
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