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Lewis Powell (Assassin)
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Assassin (Failed)
    (April 22, 1844-July 7, 1865)
    Born in Randolph County, Alabama
    Also known as Lewis Payne and Lewis Paine
    Fought with the Confederate Army
    Wounded and captured at the Battle of Gettysburg
    Escaped from a POW hospital with the help of a nurse
    Participant with John Wilkes Booth in the plot to assassinate Abraham Lincoln
    Assigned the task of assassinating Secretary of State William Seward
    He joined the Confederate Secret Service as a spy.
    He was arrested in Baltimore for severely beating a black servant.
    He stabbed Seward repeatedly and injured four other people in the attack.
    Seward survived only because he had broken his jaw in a carriage accident and a jaw splint deflected Powell’s knife away from his jugular vein.
    Growing up, he was nicknamed ‘Doc’ because he cared for sick and stray animals.
    At 13, his jaw was broken when the family donkey kicked him in the face.
    At his execution, he asked for mercy for fellow prisoner Mary Surratt.

Credit: C. Fishel

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