Dr. Samuel A. Mudd was one of eight persons convicted of conspiracy in the President Abraham Lincoln assassination trial of 1865. Samuel Mudd's guilt or innocence is still debated today. Most books on the Lincoln assassination end with the story of the conspiracy trial, the execution of four defendants, and the sentencing of the other four defendants, including Dr. Mudd, to prison.
This book continues the story of Dr. Mudd by telling about his four year incarceration at the remote Fort Jefferson military prison, his heroic work during the hellish 1867 yellow fever epidemic at the prison, his life after being pardoned in 1869, and his death.
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