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Rewrite to fix obvious errors and style problems. 
Fixed several obvious typos (e.g. "where" for "were") and several clumsy or overlong sentences.
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"Surratt was the first woman in American history to be executed."
This claim is clearly false and was deleted. The "Espy File" of executions in America records 279 women executed before Mrs. Surratt, going back to the 1630s.