George Andrew Atzerodt:
Born: June 12, 1835
Birthplace: Dorna Prussian Province of Saxony
Father: Henry Atzerodt
Mother: Victoria Friederike Hahn 1806 – 1886
(Buried: Saint Pauls 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:
Introduced to Actor John Wilkes Booth 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.
1865: Assigned with the role of Assassinating Vice President Johnson.
1865: Checked into room 126 of Kirkwood House in Washington D.C. the Same hotel Vice President Andrew Johnson was staying in.
1865: Drinking at the Bar at the Kirkwood House around 10:00 PM He asked the bartender about the Vice President’s whereabouts.
Events leading up to trial:
Investigator John Lee discovered Atzerodt had not slept in the bed at the Kirkwood House the night before the Assassination. Lee discovered under a 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 of Actor John Wilkes Booth.
Trial of Atzerodt:
Captain William E. Doster argued that Atzerodt suffered from cowardice that made it unlikely for him to play a role in Conspiracy.
The Prosecution through witnesses showed Atzerodt had met Booth in front of the Pennsylvania House in Washington D.C.
1865: The Military Tribunal Commission found Atzerodt Guilty.
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.