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The Lincoln Assassination: The Evidence
The Lincoln Assassination: The Evidence is a 1488-page volume compiled by Surratt Society members Bill Edwards and Dr. Edward Steers, Jr. It contains all of the evidence gathered by the government in preparation for the trial of the accused Lincoln conspirators (5007 original pages of documents). It was culled from the first seven reels of M599 at the National Archives and Records Administration.

The Reward File
Mr. Edwards has also digitized and copied the entire reward file (NARA M699) onto disc.

The Lincoln Assassination Conspirators: Their Confinement and Execution as Recorded in the Letterbook of John Frederick Hartranft
Dr. Steers and Lincoln scholar Harold Holzer have collaborated to bring us The Lincoln Assassination Conspirators: Their Confinement and Execution as Recorded in the Letterbook of John Frederick Hartranft.

Gen. Hartranft was assigned the task of caring for the accused conspirators. He kept a detailed daily record during their imprisonment and trial, culminating with their execution. Researchers had believed that Gen. Hartranft's original work was lost to history. However, two Surratt Society members, Nancy Griffith and Betty Ownsbey (author of Alias “Paine”: Lewis Thornton Powell, the Mystery Man of the Lincoln Conspiracy) located the documents at Gettysburg College. The original is now in a Philadelphia branch of the National Archives. Steers and Holzer have provided an overview as well as the original text in this edited work.

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