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"On the third or fourth day after Booth reached the pines, it was decided to dispose of their horses, which had become restless from lack of food and proper stabling,as it was feared that their neighing would betray them. Accordingly, Herold and Franklin A. Robey, Capt. Cox's overseer at the time, led the horses about two miles
distant into Zekiah Swamp, where it makes a junction with Clark's Run, and here they were shot. As the place was boggy, the bodies of the dead horse disappeared from view in the course of a week, and were never seen afterward.
The carcasses of these animals, however, came near betraying Captain Cox. A large troop of colored cavalrymen ( 22nd Regiment US Army ) came to the residence for the purpose of securing information as to the route taken by the assassins after they left Rich Hill. (Herold : "we went to Zekiah Swamp and stayed there two nights")
Captain Cox showed them the general direction of their course early Sunday morning, which was toward Zekiah Swamp. The troopers started for the swamp and Captain Cox and his son retired to a knoll a fourth of a mile to the rear of his house, which commanded an extensive view of the entrance to the swamp in the valley below. Would they or would they not enter below the horses? Captain Cox nervously questioned. " My son, said he, if those men enter below the spot where the bodies of the horses are, I shall hang for it".
Victor Louis Mason ( Four Lincoln Conspiracies , pg.905)
" Now, our troubles began (when) squad after squad of soldiers marched up to the house to search and question. I will remember about the begining or the middle of the week succeeding their (Booth/ Herold ) departure from this neighborhood, a command of negro troops surrounded the house and searched from garret to cellar. They left and deployed toward Zekiah Swamp lying east-southeast from Rich Hill.
After they left, Pa and I went on the hill overlooking Zakiah Swamp and as the negroes entered the swamp we could see the buzzards hovering over where the slain horses were sinking out of sight in the mire of Zakiah bog. But they were never discovered and their fate would have never been told, but that Thomas A. Jones, the surviving principle in the affair was induced some five or six years ago to disclose the secret to George Alfred Townsend. ".
Samuel Cox Jr.
Cox's view from the hill. http://youtu.be/iPUCGttFvNQ
Relics from Zekiah Swamp at location marked "Horses"
Booth's bay mare was wearing a single snaffle bit.
Silas T. Cobb
Sgt.Co F, 3rd Mass. Heavy Artillery,
"I was on duty Friday night, April 14,1865 at the Navy Yard Bridge, at the Washington City end, from dark until one o'clock. About ten or eleven o'clock I noticed two horsemen pass the bridge from Washington. The first passed from twenty to twenty-five minutes of eleven; he was mounted on a bright bay horse, rather below
medium size, dark legs, long tail and mane.
He had a single bridle, black saddle and English stirrups."
Both horses wearing english
Herold's horse "Charley" wore a bridoon like this
as part of a double bridle.
David E. Herold came to our stable, in company with the prisoner, Atzerodt, about a quarter to 1 o'clock, on the 14th of April, and engaged a horse, which he asked me to for him, and he would call for it at 4 o'clock. At a quarter past 4 he came and asked me how much I would charge him for the hire of the horse. I told him five dollars. He wanted it for four. I told him he could not have it for that. He knew the horse, and inquired for that particular one. I went down to the stable with him, and told him to take a mare that was in the stable; but he would not have her. I then told him I would give the other horse.
He then wanted to see the saddles and bridles. I showed him a saddle,and he said it was too small. Then I showed him another. That suited him very well, only that it had not the kind of stirrups he wanted. The stirrups were covered with leather, and he wanted a pair of English steel stirrups. He then wanted to see the bridles. I took him into the office and showed him the bridles, and he picked out a double-reined bridle. Before he mounted the horse he asked me how late he could stay out with him. I told him he could stay out no later than 8 o'clock or 9, at furthest. After that hour I became very uneasy about the horse, and wanted to see about it before I closed up the stable; and that is how I got to see Atzerodt and Herold.
Booth's bay mare wore a Martingale collar according to Franklin Roby, who kept one of the rings that was torn from the horse as it was lead into the swamp.
Samuel Cox Jr. stated that the bay mare had twice broken it's fastenings and Thomas Jones, after finding the horse loose at the Pine Thicket, advised Booth and Herold to dispose of them. It was probably at this time that the Martingale was placed on the horse to keep it from rearing it's head up and breaking the new gear.
This horse is wearing a half cheek bit with a Martingale collar.
Examples of 5 Horseshoe Nails (left) Relic( right)
Enfield packages were distributed to various
units of the US Army. They were also used by
the Confederate troops. The 22nd
Regiment of Colored Troops from Penn. were
assigned to enter the swampwaters.
Note the relief of the true Enfield head: (red)
These Federal minies have three equally spaced
"grease grooves" while the Confederate Gardners have
To enter the Zekiah Swamp go here.. http://youtu.be/KfQYFIhqrV0
The "pond" will only dry up under the worst drought.
It normally looks like this...
After sinking 8-10 inches in the mud, a person standing in the center of the pond would be chest deep in the water.
This may help to explain why the horses were never found, despite having soldiers walking within feet of them. Water temperatures are still very cold during the first weeks of April and troops that were sent in "chest deep" would be unable to cope with these extremes. Based on my experience, there is no doubt that some of the men from the 22nd were, at times, waist deep in the waters of the Zekiah.
Still frozen in early March.