David Edgar Herold had a unique role among John Wilkes Booth’s conspirators. Beyond the failed abduction plot and the assassination itself, Davy was the only individual who accompanied John Wilkes Booth throughout his escape. Though given ample opportunities to leave Booth behind and make his own, swifter escape, Davy Herold stayed by Booth’s side. While many authors have tried to downplay Davy’s intelligence and character (Gore Vidal personified this when he described inventing, “a low life for him,” in his book, Lincoln), with the devotion he demonstrated, Davy Herold may very well be the most complex of all of Booth’s associates.
Our newest Picture Gallery here on BoothieBarn consists of images relating to the life of David Herold. The images show snapshots of his life before Booth, his involvement in Booth’s plot and their shared escape south, his capture at the Garrett’s farm, the trial of the conspirators, and his eventual execution on July 7th, 1865. Click here to see the new David Herold Picture Gallery!
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