We asked you on Facebook to send us any questions you had for the filmmakers of THE CONSPIRATOR. Here are some more of the answers! Keep asking questions, as we’ll be answering more in the coming weeks.
Justin Lamberson asked…
There were several conspirators (like Samuel Mudd) that were not executed. Why was discussion of their sentences not included in the tribunal deliberation scene?
The screenwriter (and director) wanted the story to focus Mary Surratt. Samuel Mudd is seen in a few scenes and referred to by name in one. But it would have been too lengthy to include the sentences for all the conspirators. In 1936, director John Ford made a film about Samuel Mudd, “Prisoner of Shark Island” though I cannot attest to its historical accuracy.
Chris Colfesh asked…
What was the major different between civil courts and military tribunals in 1865?
That is a very good question for one of our consulting historians, Fred Borch, who knows all these details. I recommend going to our web site to ask him:
Adam Guntmacher (and several others) asked…
Whatever happened to Mary Surratt’s third child, Isaac?
Most historians agree that Isaac was not around during the period of time that was covered in the film. Just after the inauguration of Abraham Lincoln, Isaac Surratt left his family for Texas, where he enrolled in the Confederate States Army. He eventually returned to Baltimore and died there in 1907.