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Behind These Walls
Serving as a Temporary Federal Prison

The body of John Wilkes Booth, assassin of President Abraham Lincoln, was brought to the Navy Yard for examination and identification aboard the USS Montauk. With the exception of Mary Surratt, the Lincoln conspirators (including Lewis Payne, shown in this picture) were temporarily imprisoned onboard the Montauk and other naval vessels before being transferred to the Washington Penitentiary for trial.
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