CS -Herold, David

David Edgar Herold
Convicted Conspirator of the Lincoln Assassination

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David Edgar Herold was a conspirator in the assassination of Abraham Lincoln on April 14, 1865. After the shooting, Herold accompanied John Wilkes Booth to the home of Dr. Samuel Mudd, who set Booth's injured leg. Later, when Herold and Booth are awakened by the sound of many horses outside the barn they are hiding in, Herold surrenders, and turns himself over to the Union soldiers he finds outside. Booth refuses to lay down his arms and is shot.

Born: June 16, 1842

Birthplace: Maryland

Father: Adam George Herold 1803 – 1864
(Buried: Congressional Cemetery, Washington, D.C.)​

Mother: Mary Ann Porter 1810 – 1883
(Buried: Congressional Cemetery, Washington, D.C.)​


Attended Gonzaga College High School​
Attended Georgetown College​
Attended Charlotte Hall Military Academy​
1860: Received Pharmacy Certificate from Georgetown College​


Becomes acquainted with John Surratt while attending Classes at Charlotte Hall Military Academy.​
Pharmacist Assistant and Clerk for a Doctor in Washington, D.C.​
1864: Introduced by John Surratt to Actor John Wilkes Booth in December.​

1865: Made plans with Booth to abduct President Abraham Lincoln.​
1865: Acted as a Guide for Lewis Powell in an attack on Secretary of State Seward’s home, but Herold was frightened by the attack on Seward and rode off.​
1865: Known to have met John Wilkes Booth outside of Washington where the two headed to Surrattsville, Maryland. There they would pick up weapons left by John Surrat’s mother, Mary Surratt.​
1865: Travelled together with Booth to Dr. Samuel Mudd’s house in Maryland. Dr. Mudd helps Booth with his injured leg, and let's them sleep for a few hours at his home.​
1865: Hiding in a Barn, and surrounded with no place to escape, Herold surrendered to the Union Army on April 26th​. Booth remains behind and refuses to lay down his arms. Booth is shot and later dies from the wound. Herold is arrested and charged with being a part of the Lincoln Assassination Conspiracy, something he admits to.​

1865: Herold is convicted and sentenced to death by Military tribunal.​
1865: Hung in Washington, D.C. on July 7th​, however, the fall from the gallows did not break his neck, he struggled for a few minutes, strangling to death from the ropes around his neck.​

July 7, 1865

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

Cause of Death: Death by Hanging and Strangulation

Age at time of Death: 23 years old

Burial Place: Congressional Cemetery, Washington, D.C.
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Sep 15, 2018
South Texas
When him and Booth were surrounded by Union Cavalrymen in Richard Garrett's tobacco barn near Port Royal, Virginia , Herold surrendered and Booth was shot.


Sep 15, 2018
South Texas
When Both He and Booth fled from Washington following the Lincoln assassination, they were both fugitives with prices on their heads.