April 2018 "The Lincoln Assassination: Manhunt and Trial"

April 2018 "The Lincoln Assassination: Manhunt and Trial"

Date: Sun. 8 Apr, 2018 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Duration: 1 Hour

Sterling-Rock Falls Historical Society

Sunday, April 8, 2018 at 2:00 PM at the Lincoln Learning Center

611 East Third Street, Sterling, IL

Ron Koehn will present "The Lincoln Assassination:

Manhunt and Trial"

Ron Koehn is a retired social studies teacher from Fulton High School primarily teaching U.S. History, sociology
and American government.
As the bloody Civil War ended with a Union victory, the celebratory mood of the United States was quickly
altered by the murder of its Chief Executive. On the evening of Good Friday, April 14, 1865, President Abraham
Lincoln was shot by John Wilkes Booth, a well-known actor and Confederate sympathizer. Dying the following
morning, Lincoln became the first of four assassinated presidents in American history.
Part of Koehn’s focus will be the manhunt for Lincoln’s assassin and his alleged co-conspirators. Although
Booth was killed before he could be charged with murder and brought to trial, eight other individuals were taken
into custody: David Edgar Herold, Lewis Thornton Powell (alias Lewis Paine and Lewis Payne), George Andrew
Atzerodt, Mary Elizabeth Surratt, Dr. Samuel Alexander Mudd, Michael O’Laughlen, Samuel Bland Arnold, and
Edmund “Ned” Spangler. Each was charged with conspiracy to murder the President and tried before a military
commission composed of nine colonels and generals from the ranks of the U.S. Army, handpicked by the
Secretary of War. Another focus of Koehn’s presentation will be the seriously flawed trial of the eight defendants
who were tried together in Washington, D.C.
The program is free, everyone is encouraged to attend and light refreshments will be served!

For more information call Terry Buckaloo at 815-622- 6215