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A Striking Portrait of Lewis Powell: The Man Who Tried to Kill Secretary of State William Seward

This portrait of Lewis Powell captures the likeness of the man who tried to kill Secretary of State William Seward in 1865. It's a powerful reminder of the human dimension of history and the power of images to evoke the past.
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Wow, what else can I say about this one. Thanks to the abundance of random stuff on Reddit, I stumbled across this the other day. How amazing is it? This almost looks like it was taken yesterday with these vivid colors.

Lewis Powell - Lincoln Conspirator
Lewis Powell – Lincoln Conspirator. Source: Reddit user ramblerandgambler

The Lincoln assassination is one of the most well-known events in American history. But what do we know about the people who were involved in it? One of the conspirators was a man named Lewis Powell, and this photograph captures his likeness in striking detail.

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Powell was born in Alabama in 1844 and served in the Confederate Army during the Civil War. He joined the conspiracy to assassinate President Lincoln in 1865, and his role was to kill Secretary of State William Seward. Powell attacked Seward in his home on the night of April 14, 1865, but Seward survived the attack. Powell was later captured and hanged for his role in the assassination plot.

The photograph of Powell is a remarkable piece of history. It was taken in 1865, the same year as the assassination, by Alexander Gardner. Gardner was a well-known Civil War photographer who had previously taken images of Lincoln and other prominent figures. In this portrait of Powell, we see a young man with piercing eyes and a serious expression. He looks straight at the camera, almost daring us to look away.

It’s easy to forget that the people involved in historical events like the Lincoln assassination were real people with complex lives and motivations. Powell was just one of many individuals who found themselves caught up in a moment of national upheaval. In this photograph, we see a face that is at once familiar and unfamiliar, a reminder that history is not just a collection of dates and events, but a tapestry woven from the lives of real people.

The photograph of Lewis Powell is a powerful reminder of the human dimension of history. It captures a moment in time, frozen forever, and invites us to contemplate the life of a man who played a role in one of the most significant events in American history. As we look at the photo, we are reminded that history is not just a matter of abstract ideas and political movements, but the product of individual lives and decisions. The photograph is a testament to the power of images to evoke the past and connect us to the people who made it.

How do you think it compares to the Lincoln in color photo we posted a long time ago?

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