This Week in the Civil War - #1107
Four individuals—Samuel Arnold, Michael O’Laughlen, Edman Spangler, and Samuel Mudd-- did not receive the death penalty for conspiracy in Lincoln’s death. They earned prison sentences. O’Laughlen died of yellow fever at Fort Jefferson in 1867, the same outbreak which earned Dr. Mudd his presidential pardon. Spangler, pardoned in 1869, settled in Maryland, living there until his death in 1875. Arnold, after his pardon in 1869, lived quietly out of the public eye until his death from tuberculosis in 1906. Additionally, John Surratt, who fled to Canada and then Egypt, was deported to the United States and tried for conspiracy in 1867. After a hung jury failed to convict him, all charges were dropped. Surratt lived for many years in Maryland, until his death from pneumonia in April 1916.