Capitol Hill Restoration Society

The Last Lincoln Conspirator – Overbeck Lecture

Posted on May 15th, 2023

The assassination of President Abraham Lincoln at Ford’s Theater on the evening of April 14, 1865, is a well-known and pivotal event in American history. What may be less well known is the local character of part of the story and the fate of John Surratt, the last Lincoln conspirator.

On Monday evening, June 5, 2023, writer and historian Andrew Jampoler will explore the Civil War and the assassination of President Abraham Lincoln as well as the connections between the city of Washington and the Lincoln conspirators up to their urgent flight through the Capitol Hill neighborhood and across the Eastern Branch (now Anacostia River). The escape of the last Lincoln conspirator touched off a world-wide manhunt.

Jampoler is the author of The Last Lincoln Conspirator: John Surratt’s Flight from the Gallows as well as other books on American history.

As always, admission to the lecture is free, however a reservation is required due to limited seating. Reserve via or by calling Hill Center at 202-549-4172.

Please note that the organizers suggest all guests arrive at least 15 minutes prior to the event. Seating will begin at 7:00 pm for those who hold reservations. Available seats will be released to guests on the wait list beginning at 7:15 pm. If you are unable to attend, please notify Hill Center so that another person can attend the lecture.