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When Lee surrendered to Grant at the battle of Gettysburg many people in America thought this was the end of the Civil War One Confederate soldier John Wilkes Booth refused to believe the North beat the South so he devised a plan to kidnap the President He gathered three men and a woman to help with this plan Each of these people played an important role in the conspiracy to assassinate Abraham Lincoln They were Lewis Powell David Herold George Atzerodt and Mary Surratt Lewis Powell was the son of Baptist preacher He was born in Randolph County Alabama in 1844 As a young man Powell worked as a supervisor of his fathers plantation in Florida He was infantryman who fought at the Battle of Gettysburg He was wounded and taken prisoner but he escaped and continued to fight for the ConfederacyDavid Herold was born in Maryland on June 16 1842 He was the sixth of eleven children His father was the chief clerk at the Washington Navy Yard George Atzerodt was born in Germany in 1836 He came to the United States when he was eight years old He lived in Maryland Atzerodt started a carriage repair business with his brother in Port Tobacco During the Civil War he made extra money by helping Confederate agents cross the Potomac River Mary Jenkins was born in Maryland in 1823 When she was seventeen she married John Harrison Surratt They lived outside of Washington and they owned more than two hundred acres of farmland The town was known as Surrattsville She moved to a house on High Street in Washington and rented extra rooms to make extra money Her oldest son John Surratt joined the Confederate Army and worked as an agent for the Confederacy John Surratt Marys son introduced all the major conspirators to John Wilkes Booth Lewis Powell was a friend of John Surratt John Surratt introduced Powell to Booth and Booth asked Powell
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