Ernest Hartman Richter was arrested in his home in Germantown, MD when detectives found his cousin, conspirator George Atzerodt, sleeping there. Richter, who went by his middle name, Hartman, made the mistake of trying to protect his cousin and originally told invstigators that Atzerodt wasn’t there. He was brought back to Washington, imprisoned aboard the U.S.S. Saugus, and photographed by Alexander Gardner on April 25th. After that, he was sent to the Arsenal Penitentiary, transferred to the Old Capitol Prison, and eventually released.
Joao M. Celestino was a Portuguese ship captain who had his schooner and valuables confiscated by the U.S. government in 1864 for running the blockade. He held a strong hatred for Secretary of State William Seward, whom he blamed for his losses. The night of the assassination, he was heard to say he wanted to kill Secretary Seward. After Lewis Powell attempted to do just so later that evening, people remembered his remarks, and Celestino was arrested and placed aboard the Saugus before being moved to the U.S.S. Montauk. He had his photographs taken on April 27th with conspirator David Herold, who had just been captured. Celestino was transferred to the Arsenal as well, before being released, himself.
These are the Fake Conspirators – the men whose faces are preserved alongside those of John Wilkes Booth’s inner circle. They are a farmer protecting his cousin and ship captain with a justifiable grudge against William Seward.
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I remember seeing the full face pic of Richter mis-identified as Dr. Mudd in a c. 1960 article in the NY Times magazine or book review. It ws a piece written by a man named Berger. I know that Celestino has been definitely identified in those other photos. Yet to this day I still have a notion that they are pics of Thomas A. Jones! It must be the squinty eyes, the mustache, and the pea jacket.
Speaking of wrong identification, I just spotted, in my local Barnes & Noble, a new teen book on the attempt to steal Lincoln’;s body. It contains a photo of Lincoln lying in State in the NY City Hall, but the caption states that it’s a picture of him lying in State in the East Room of the White House! Why don’t authors or publishers check out these things?! * # % ?!