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“Mary Surratt - Guilty, Innocent, or does it matter?”

Apr 20, 2011 at 9:41pm | Filed Under “The Conspirator

Mary Surratt - Guilty, Innocent, or does it matter?
Less than three months after her arrest at her boarding house on H Street in Washington City, Mary Surratt would be hanged for her role in John Wilkes Booth's murderous plot.
from The Conspirator 54 comments

“Historians View the Assassination”

Apr 4, 2011 at 9:36pm | Filed Under “The Conspirator

Historians View the Assassination
In April of 1865 most northerners had little trouble discerning who was behind the assassination; they were convinced the Confederate government was involved.
from The Conspirator 87 comments

“Brig. Gen. Joseph Holt - His Role as Chief Prosecutor in the Military Tribunal”

Mar 28, 2011 at 8:43pm | Filed Under “The Conspirator

Brig. Gen. Joseph Holt - His Role as Chief Prosecutor in the Military Tribunal
Joseph Holt, a Kentucky lawyer and staunch Unionist, was confirmed by the Congress as President Lincoln's Judge Advocate General on September 3, 1862. This made Holt the top lawyer in the Army, and the principal legal advisor to Lincoln on all military legal matters.
from The Conspirator 73 comments

“Slavery, race, and the assassination”

Mar 21, 2011 at 6:40pm | Filed Under “The Conspirator

Slavery, race, and the assassination
On the evening of April 11, 1865, a large crowd gathered on the south lawn of the White House in Washington to hear President Abraham Lincoln deliver a speech from a second-floor balcony...
from The Conspirator 56 comments

“Frederick Aiken: A Proper Defense”

Mar 14, 2011 at 9:41pm | Filed Under “The Conspirator

Frederick Aiken: A Proper Defense
Historian Fred Borch argues that Frederick Aiken (James McAvoy) did all that he could and provided a proper defense for Mary Surratt.
from The Conspirator 23 comments


  • Herb
    03/10/2011 at 8:52am


    Tom,I agree with you 100%.As I have said before you are a very knowledgeable class act!The entire conspiracy and the people involved are a mystery and will continue to be so.If we are still uncovering information on the Lincoln Assassination,perhaps only our grandchildern along with other generations will learn more about the Kennedy Assassination!!!! I have been on John Surratt's trail in Western New York State for a few years.I uncovered a" Letter to Lincoln"in the Library of Congress[Joseph Holt Collection] 4-21-1865-warning Lincoln of assasination-post marked Dansville,NY-sender unknown.I have my speculative ideas of who sent it,but it mystifies me.I know that many "threat"letters were sent to Lincoln,but why would Holt keep that one???

    from Edwin Stanton: Hero, Villain, or Something Else?
  • kcliflar
    03/08/2011 at 10:14am


    This is indeed one of the big questions, and there is no one answer that will ever satisfy, no matter what your belief is regarding Mary's guilt or innocence. Given the charges - aiding and abetting - yes, the crime warranted the death penalty. Even if Booth stayed the course and tried to kidnap the president and Lincoln had been killed during the commission of that crime, she would have been guilty of murder as well, just by virtue of being an accomplice. She certainly was protecting her son, but in doing so she also protected Booth. We cannot forget that. She did not hang just because she was John's mother. She hanged because she aided and abetted Booth in the commission of his crime. The other three who hanged with her were indeed hanged for the same reason and more. Should she have hanged? Well, the way I look at it is, why didn't more people hang for complicity in aiding Booth before, during, and after the assassination?

    from The Private Life of Mary Surratt
  • jphavelin
    03/06/2011 at 9:44am


    I believe the theories that have Stanton being involved somehow in the President's Assassination hold little credibility. From what I understand of both his character, and also of how greatly he respected Lincoln despite their differences--he would have been incapable of behaving so traitorously.
    It is my feeling that Secretary Stanton, like the rest of Lincoln's cabinet, was extremely useful to the President in giving him the benefit of his talents and experience--as well as providing Lincoln with intimate exposure to the ideas and mindsets of those with widely divergent viewpoints from his own. Like the great leader that he was, President Lincoln was able to listen and digest the perspectives of his inner circle of advisers, weigh them carefully against his own thoughts and the notions of the rest of the Cabinet--and then navigate his way toward making his decisions, great and small. This ability enabled him to steer the Union through its most difficult time during some of its most arduous of circumstances.
    As far as the assassin's bullet having tarnished the Secretary's reputation, that notion opens up such a vast Pandora's box full of "IFs" ... that Stanton's memory, such as it is or would have been, pales in comparison to the other possibilities of what might have been had Abraham Lincoln been able to successfully arrive at the conclusion of his second term, intact. SO MANY THINGS would likely have been different that it is unimaginable how History would have unfolded had that "road not taken" been traveled.

    from Edwin Stanton: Hero, Villain, or Something Else?
  • tom_turner
    03/04/2011 at 11:15am


    Deovindice comments that only one bridge was left open the night of the assassination, the Navy Yard bridge over which Booth escaped from Washington. In fact there were sentries at the bridge who admittedly had orders not to let anyone pass after 9:00 p.m. Guard Silas Cobb after questioning Booth (who by the way gave his real name) allowed him to cross. David Herold also rode over the bridge a short time later. John Fletcher whose rental horse Herold was riding did not leave Washington when he was told he could not return to the city that night if he did.

    While some have seen conspiracy, the truth seems to be that the orders had been unofficially relaxed with the surrender of the Army of the Potomac. No threat was seen from persons leaving Washington only those who might be attempting to enter the city. Even Fletcher could have pursued his "stolen" horse but he didn't want to take a chance that he might be stranded in Maryland.

    The fact that Booth gave his real name to the sentries actually aided his flight although whether he did this purposely or without thinking is debated. Many could not believe that a clever assassin could be so stupid as to give himself away, believing that one of his co-conspirators rode to the bridge to draw the authorities from his actual escape route. Days later the government was still searching for Booth in Washington and seizing city blocks on tips that he was hiding there.

    from Edwin Stanton: Hero, Villain, or Something Else?
  • DebraM
    03/02/2011 at 2:02pm


    Despite the relationship between Lincoln and Stanton starting off with Stanton describing Lincoln as "giraffe" and a "long-armed baboon" the two men did seem to indeed grow to respect and trust one another. Early historians, I believe, were too close to the original events (literally and emotionally) to have a true perspective on what the man did and was doing to help his country. In a time when all of Washington D.C. could have exploded into chaos he stepped up to the plate (so to speak) and took charge of one of the worst things to come out of the Civil War...the assassination of President Lincoln. He was the one who alerted the military forces and got the testimony of witnesses. No one else was mobilizing any action of any sort. And if he was rather harsh with actions toward the South in the days and months that followed I believe that this was due to the climate of the times. The President was dead. Those in the North believed it was all due to those in the South and they wanted a revenge, retribution for losing their beloved leader. Much like the attitude that took place here in the US just after 9/11. He was a man who was put into impossible situations and tried to do what he felt was best for his fellow man and for his country. How many politicians today can say they have done the same?

    from Edwin Stanton: Hero, Villain, or Something Else?
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  • Favorite figure in American History:

    George Washington, Abe Lincoln
  • If I could live in any period of American History:

    The Roarin' Twenties, The 40s, The Revolution
  • A bit about myself:

    I really have a passion for history! I'm thinking of majoring in history in college. I love an good historical movie and love to have a good heated debate about a historical event...kinda like Brad Meltzer's Decoded. I've officially decided that John Wilkes Booth lived for YEARS after the assassination! Check out the episode if you don't agree. It'll at least give you a different perspective. (:
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