WANTED: President Lincoln’s killer – See the wanted poster offering a $100,000 reward

The wanted poster with a 100000 reward for catching President Lincolns killer (1865)

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War Department, Washington, April 20, 1865

$100,000 Reward!

The Murderer

of our Late Beloved President, Abraham Lincoln is still at large

$50,000 Reward
Will be paid by this department for his apprehension, an addition to any reward offered by Municipal Authorities or State Executives


$25,000 Reward will be paid for the apprehension of John H. Surratt, one of Booth’s Accomplices

$25,000 Reward will be paid for… David C. Harold, another of Booth’s accomplices.

LIBERAL REWARDS will be paid for any information that shall conduce to the arrest of either of the above-named criminals, or their accomplices.

All persons harboring or secreting the said persons, or either of them, or aiding or assisting their concealment or escape will be treated as accomplices in the murder of the President and the attempted assassination of the Secretary of State, and shall be subject to trial before a Military Commission and the punishment of DEATH.

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Murderer of Abraham Lincoln - 100000 reward

Let the stain of innocent blood be removed from the land by the arrest and punishment of the murderers.

All good citizens are exhorted to aid public justice on this occasion. Every man should consider his own conscience charged with this solemn duty, and rest neither night nor day until it be accomplished.

EDWIN M. STANTON, Secretary of War.

John Wilkes Booth was a famous actor before he killed Lincoln - here's what critics said about him

On the poster to help find President Lincoln’s killer


BOOTH is Five Feet 7 or 8 inches high, slender build, high forehead, black hair, black eyes and wears a heavy black moustache.

JOHN H. SURRAT is about 5 feet, 9 inches. Hair rather thin and dark; eyes rather light; no beard. Would weigh 145 or 150 pounds. Complexion rather pale and clear, with color in his cheeks. Wore light clothes of fine quality.

Shoulders square; cheek bones rather prominent; chin narrow; ears projecting at the top; forehead rather low and square, but broad. Parts his hair on the right side; neck rather long. His lips are firmly set. A slim man.

DAVID C. HAROLD is five feet six inches high, hair dark, eyes dark, eyebrows rather heavy, full face, nose short, hand short and fleshy, feet small, instep high, round bodies, naturally quick and active, slightly closes his eyes when looking at a person.

NOTICE. — In addition to the above, State and other authorities have offered rewards amounting to almost one hundred thousand dollars, making an aggregate of about TWO HUNDRED THOUSAND DOLLARS.

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