WASHINGTON (AP) _ The story of the military trial of the Lincoln conspirators and the execution of four of them is graphically told in the museum at Ford's Theatre, where the president was shot in 1865.

The centerpiece of the basement exhibit is the black suit, white gloves and leather boots Lincoln wore that evening. Nearby is the wooden door to the presidential box, which features a spy hole allegedly drilled by assassin John Wilkes Booth.

The .44-caliber derringer pistol Booth used to shoot the president is on view. Booth dropped it on the floor of the presidential box as he leaped to the stage and escaped.

A few paces away, in tall glass cases, are replicas of the canvas hoods most of those arrested were forced to wear while in their cells. Three of the keys to the cell doors are on view, as are examples of the hand and leg irons used to shackle the prisoners.

Selected members of the public were issued tickets permitting them to watch the executions. Souvenir hunters converged on the gallows after the bodies were placed in coffins. On display are snippets of each of the ropes used in the hangings.

Ford's Theatre and the Petersen House, the residence across the street where Lincoln died, are operated by the National Park Service.

The family home of convicted conspirator Mary Surratt in Clinton, Md., also is open to the public. Its Web site includes information about the Surratt Society, which publishes research papers concerning the people and events of the Lincoln assassination. One section details the case made on behalf of Dr. Samuel Mudd.


On the Net:

Ford's Theater: http://www.nps.gov/foth/

Surratt House Museum: http://www.surratt.org/