Emory Parady was born in New York in 1844. On April 24, 1865, he was one of the twenty-seven men from the 16th New York Cavalry Regiment who rode with the detectives tracking John Wilkes Booth after the assassination of President Abraham Lincoln. On April 26, the patrol found Booth hiding at a Virginia farm. Two days later, Parady wrote his parents about how a fire was started to force Booth from the barn, the shot that mortally wounded him, and rushing in to carry him out. In 1866, Parady received a $1,365.84 reward for his role in Booth’s capture.