CS -Atzerodt, George Andrew

George Andrew Atzerodt
Convicted Conspirator of the Lincoln Assassination

George Andrew Atzerodt was a convicted conspirator in the assassination of U.S. President Abraham Lincoln. He was assigned to assassinate U.S. Vice President Andrew Johnson by John Wilkes Booth, but he lost his nerve and made no attempt. He was executed along with three co-conspirators by hanging.

Born: June 12, 1835

Birthplace: Dorna, Prussian Province, of Saxony
(today part of Anrode, Thuringia, Germany)​

Father: Henry Atzerodt

Mother: Victoria Friederike Hahn 1806 – 1886
(Buried: Saint Paul's Cemetery, Baltimore, Maryland)​


1843: Immigrated to the United States from Prussia.​
Was believed to have been able to speak English fluently.​
Owner of Carriage Repair Business in Port Tobacco, Maryland​
He was described as “a good-natured kind of fellow”​

Civil War Role:

Known to have helped Confederate Agents across the Potomac River.​
Invited to Washington D.C. by John Surratt and invited to stay at Mary Surratt’s boarding house.​
He was evicted from Surratt boarding house due drinking alcohol in his room.​

Role in the Lincoln Conspiracy:

1865: Introduced to Actor John Wilkes Booth in January, through his friend John Surratt​
He was persuaded by John Wilkes Booth to participate in abduction of President Abraham Lincoln.​
1865: Met with other conspirators at Gautier’s restaurant, and assigned the role of assassinating Vice President Johnson.​
1865: On the morning of April 14th, Atzerodt checked into room 126 using his own name at the Kirkwood House in Washington D.C., the same hotel Vice President Andrew Johnson was staying in.​
1865: Atzerodt was drinking at the bar at the Kirkwood House around 10:00 pm on April 14th. He asked the bartender several suspicious questions about the Vice President’s whereabouts that night. However, Atzerodt never made any attempt to harm the Vice President, he instead wandered the streets of Washington that night, leaving and returning to the hotel several times.​
1865: On April 15th, after speaking with the bartender about the "suspicious man" from the previous night, Investigator John Lee discovered Atzerodt had not slept in his bed at the Kirkwood House the night of the Assassination. Lee discovered under the pillow, a loaded revolver, and a large bowie knife between the sheets and mattress, as well as a map of Virginia, three handkerchiefs, and a bank book belonging to actor John Wilkes Booth.​

1865: On April 20, Atzerodt was arrested at the home of his cousin, Hartman Richer, in Germantown, Maryland; just six days after the assassination of Lincoln. He was charged with conspiring with Booth.​

1865: Acting as his legal council, Captain William E. Doster argued that Atzerodt suffered from cowardice that made it unlikely for him to play a role in Conspiracy.​
1865: The Prosecution's evidence included witnesses who testified that Atzerodt had meet Booth at the front of the Pennsylvania House in Washington, D.C.​
1865: On June 30, the Military Tribunal Commission found Atzerodt: Guilty, and sentenced him to death by hanging.

Death of Atzerodt:

1865: He offered a Confession to Rev. Butler a minister who visited Atzerodt’s jail cell.​

Died: July 7, 1865

Place of Death: Washington, D.C. Penitentiary, Washington, D.C.

Cause of Death: Death by Hanging

Last Words: “May we all meet in the other world. God take me now.”

Age at time of Death: 30 years old

Burial Place: Glenwood Cemetery, Washington D.C.
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Sep 15, 2018
South Texas
On April 20, 1865 a detachment from the 1st Delaware Cavalry captured Atzerodt near Rockville , Maryland. He was confined aboard a monitor, then tried by a military commission under Lew Wallace.He was found guilty on June 30, 1865.