Accused No. 2: A German Boat and Carriage builder, near Port Tobacco. During the war he provided boats for the Confederate spies along the underground mail route of the Potomac for money. He agreed to provide boats for the Plot-to-Capture, but refused to take part in any assassination plan. On the assassination night of Friday, April 14, 1865, ATZERODT had been too frightened to kill anyone, although he was accused during the trial of agreeing to murder Vice-President ANDREW JOHNSON. Instead he had wandered drunkenly around Washington D.C. until about 3:00 o'clock in the morning, stayed in a hotel for 2 hours, then set off by stage and wagon to the house of his cousin, HARTMAN RICHTER, near Barnsville, Maryland. He lived there quietly for five days working in the garden, but on Thursday, April 20, 1865 an informer led the soldiers to him. Both ATZERDODT and RICHTER were arrested and taken to Washington D.C. where cousin RITCHTER was imprisoned and ATZERODT thrown in to chains, first on the ironclad Montauk and then on the Saugus. [REF: #5 pg190 Brought to Trial: GEORGE T. ATZERODT, age 33 was not a favorite among the prisoners. He was German born, had a thick accent that was hard to understand, though of course the courtroom visitors were not treated to this; on exhibition in the docket he was forbidden to say a word; but the greatest complaint was he had no neck at all. He was short, round-shouldered, and had an expression that was at the same time stupid and crafty. People said "hangdog, shabby, neckless", he was a poor advocate for himself. He also looked cowardly, mercenary, and as "inscrutable as some eastern idol." [REF: #5 pg198 Trial Sentence: The Military Commission met secretly on the June 28 & 29 and voted the "Death by Hanging" penalty for ""Conspiring to Murder""; Was not read the sentence until July 6, was hanged the next day at 1:00 o'clock p.m., July 7, 1865; Buried in the yard of the Old Penitentiary, Washington D.C. End of Chapter, 06.
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