LYRICAL / PLAYS
Scenes at a Picnic
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It is Washington, D.C. during the Civil War's last days.
A young woman is taken into custody during the investigation following Lincoln's assassination. She is not arrested, just held for questioning.
Maggot-infested food, fouled water, and unfit living conditions meet her and her cellmate during the duration.
She pleads to be able to go and visit with friends - also incarcerated - for several days before being allowed to do so.
Among those she meets is Mary Surratt, arrested for conspiracy. The mature woman is traveling through the prison giving aid and comfort to all she can.
Without being interrogated, the young woman receives word of her release.
She rails at the adjutant for wasting her and his time and prays to God that the rest are soon released.
Especially her new friend, that unselfish angel, Mary Surratt.