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Lot #16: Scarce CDV of the Lincoln Assassination Trial Commission -- With Brady Backstamp


Scarce CDV of the Abraham Lincoln Assassination Trial Commission, the military tribunal that oversaw the criminal trial of the Lincoln conspirators. Taken by Mathew Brady in 1865 and with his studio backstamp on verso. CDV shows all nine members of the tribunal plus prosecutors General Joseph Holt, John Bingham and Brigadier General Henry Burnett.

The decision to try the conspirators using a military tribunal rather than a civilian court was controversial at the time, as a tribunal only required a vote of five members for conviction and six for death, rather than a unanimous decision by a civilian court. History, however, has judged the tribunal to have acted fairly and competently. On 30 June 1865 all conspirators were found guilty, with four sentenced to death, three sentenced to life in prison and one sentenced to six years. CDV with mounted photograph measures 4'' x 2.5''. Toning and very minor creasing, overall in very good plus condition.
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