One of eight hoods devised by Edwin M. Stanton, Secretary of War, for the suspected conspirators in the assassination of Abraham Lincoln. They were worn by day and night in prison as a preventative to conversation. This particular hood was worn by Lewis Powell, also known as Lewis Paine.
Lewis Powell, also known as Lewis Paine, reportedly wore this hood in jail while waiting trial for his role in the Lincoln assassination. As ordered by John Wilkes Booth, Powell savagely attacked and nearly killed Secretary of State William H. Seward on April 14, 1865, the same evening Booth shot Lincoln. Secretary of War Edwin M. Stanton ordered those arrested for Lincoln’s assassination to wear heavy facial coverings to prevent conversation as they awaited trial. They also wore rigid wrist irons and heavy leg shackles to impede movement and prevent escape. Stanton was criticized for employing such methods. Powell's hood has extra padding on the inside to protect him from self-harm as he repeatedly bashed his head against the cell block wall.