David M.DeWitt, The Judicial Murder of Mary E. Surratt, 1st ed.
The Groundbreaking Work on Surratt’s Role
in Lincoln’s Assassination
DeWitt, David M. THE JUDICIAL MURDER OF MARY E. SURRATT. Baltimore: 1895. 1st ed., 259p. [M1165; Howes D-606]
The “groundbreaking” work on the role of Surratt in the assassination of Lincoln.
Many writers have portrayed Mary Surratt as an innocent victim of a vengeful military tribunal, and argue the legality of a military trial at all given that civilian courts were in session. A Supreme Court decision of 1866 supports that claim.
The other event was the trial of her co-conspirator son, John Surratt, before a civil jury in 1867, two years after her death. Surratt’s testimony was similar to that of his mother. When his trial ended in a hung jury, it seemed to many that the military court had executed an innocent woman.
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