Category Archives: Lincoln Conspiracy

Another York County Lincoln assassination association

Over the years I have shared many posts showing local connections to President Lincoln and his assassination. They ranged from York native Edman Spangler, accused but not convicted of conspiracy in the plot, and assassin John Wilkes Booth, who allegedly … Continue reading

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Ned Spangler’s last home

My previous two posts concerned a day trip I took a couple of weeks ago to southern Maryland, visiting the homes of two of the convicted Lincoln conspirators, Mary Surratt and Dr. Samuel Mudd. Both sites are well interpreted. I … Continue reading

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On to the Mudd House

In my last post I shared my recent visit to the Surratt House Museum in Clinton, Maryland. Less than half an hour away is the Dr. Samuel Mudd House Museum. After picking up arms and ammunition at the Surratt House, … Continue reading

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An interesting trip to Surrattsville

I recently took a field trip that I had been thinking about for some time. For several years I have been researching and writing about Edman “Ned” Spangler, the native Yorker who was a carpenter and stagehand at Ford’s Theater, … Continue reading

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Yorker Edman Spangler maintained Lincoln conspiracy innocence

A few months after being released from imprisonment at Fort Jefferson, Florida, native Yorker Edman Spangler’s extensive statement of total innocence concerning the Lincoln assassination appeared in many newspapers. The first half of that statement is the basis of my … Continue reading

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More on Ned Spangler’s life as a prisoner after the Lincoln Conspiracy trial

Edman “Ned” Spangler wrote letters to friends and relatives describing his experiences while a prisoner from 1865 to 1869 at Fort Jefferson in the Dry Tortugas. Spangler was sent there after being found guilty of helping John Wilkes Booth escape … Continue reading

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Ned Spangler at Fort Jefferson, Dry Tortugas, Part 2

Here is the second part of the letter published in October 25, 1865 in the Aledo [Ill.] Weekly Record, about three months after Edman (Ned) Spangler began serving his sentence of six years at Fort Jefferson on the Dry Tortugas. … Continue reading

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Ned Spangler didn’t find Fort Jefferson a nice place to visit

Native Yorker Edman (Ned) Spangler was among the eight defendants tried for conspiracy in the assassination of President Lincoln. He was the only one of the eight found not guilty of conspiracy. The 1865 military commission presiding at the trial … Continue reading

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York County native said to have captured J. W. Booth’s horse after Lincoln assassination

I’ve already told the story of Edman “Ned” Spangler, son of a York County sheriff and one of the so-called “Lincoln conspirators.” With all the recent to-do about the John Wilkes Booth bobble-heads that were on sale several Lincoln-related sites … Continue reading

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Was Edman “Ned” Spangler Guilty in the Lincoln Conspiracy?

Ned Spangler, taken from a larger set of depictions of the conspirators Of what was Edman Spangler guilty? Tried together with seven others accused in the Lincoln Conspiracy, York native Edman “Ned” Spangler was not found guilty of conspiring to … Continue reading

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