The suspicion that John Wilkes Booth had acted as part of a conspiracy
of Southern sympathizers in the assassination of President Abraham
Lincoln reignited Northern rancor and helped doom Lincoln's plans
for a relatively generous peace. This was one of the earliest "Wanted"
posters to bear a fugitive's photograph. Hastily assembled and issued
during the few days that Booth was at large, this poster incorporated
carte-de-visite photographs of the conspirators, including one of
Booth that had been produced as a publicity shot for the actor.