capt. Christian Rath
Welcome guest, is this your first visit?
Results 1 to 3 of 3
  1. #1
    Aug 2008
    Southern Michigan
    Minelab SE
    619 times
    All Types Of Treasure Hunting
    Banner Finds (1)
    Honorable Mentions (3)

    capt. Christian Rath

    I did some research on the property about 2 miles from my home that was owned by this civil war captain Christian Rath in the mid to late 1800's. He was the executioner of all the lincoln asassanation conspirators including Mary Surratt, who was the first woman ever executed in the country. He lived here in Jackson and worked for the post office here after the executions. I found a newspaper article stating he had lost his mind and was found in a mail car "bereft of reason", apparently he was plagued with bad dreams of the execution.
    CAPTAIN CHRISTIAN RATH (EXECUTIONER) - Captain Rath of the Seventeenth Michigan Infantry, First Division, Ninth Corps was assigned the duty of executioner by General Hartranft. Rath spent the night before the executions making the nooses that he would use the next day. After preparing the first three for the male prisoners, using a standard 7-8 turns, he became tired and only prepared Mary Surratt’s noose using 5 turns. He believed this would be adequate to do the job.

    this link has more photos and tells the story in great detail

    In the morning, he orchestrated the completion of the scaffold, drilled the soldiers assigned to spring the traps and repeatedly tested the scaffold traps, ropes and men to ensure all would work well together without fail.

    Attached Thumbnails Attached Thumbnails Click image for larger version. 

Name:	PA_FULL_257.jpg 
Views:	497 
Size:	50.7 KB 
ID:	319478  
    Attached Images Attached Images  

  2. #2
    Feb 2008
    Great Lakes State
    2801 times
    silver surfing
    Honorable Mentions (1)

    Re: capt. Christian Rath

    Great reading; great info! ffd
    Spider-Man, Spider-man...does whatever a spider can...

  3. #3
    Charter Member

    Dec 2015
    Ann Arbor
    Equinox 800
    31710 times
    All Types Of Treasure Hunting
    Honorable Mentions (2)
    Great post

    Approved TreasureNet Stickers

    .:: $3.00 for 11" X 3" Bumper Sticker ::. I have 324 left PM me if you would like to buy any Tommy

    (Free Shipping)

    SEE: TreasureNet Bumper Stickers



Sponsored Links

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts

Search tags for this page

capt christian rath

captain christian rath


captain rath

captain rath and general hartranft

christian rath


christian rath executioner

christian rath hangman
christian rath jackson michigan
christian rath, hangman
the hangman christian rath
Click on a term to search for related topics.
Powered by vBadvanced CMPS v4.3.0