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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

“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

“Edwin Stanton: Hero, Villain, or Something Else?”

Feb 25, 2011 at 6:40pm | Filed Under “The Conspirator

Edwin Stanton: Hero, Villain, or Something Else?
Edwin Stanton reportedly said when Abraham Lincoln died, "Now he belongs to the ages." Unfortunately the ages have been a lot kinder to the 16th president than they have to the war secretary.
from The Conspirator 45 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

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  • GRClarkfan
    09/05/2012 at 5:10pm

    GRClarkfan

    I find Stanton to be a very interesting historical individual who, like Mary Surrat, was vilified through exaggeration and misunderstanding. Was Mary Surrat guilty as charged? Did Stanton truly hate the South and force a reign of terror? Does either one deserve to be vilified or exonerated according to the evidence and prejudice history has left behind? The truth is we'll never actually know the truth because history is about facts and stories and not what someone was thinking at a moment when they couldn't write it down.

    Personally, I think that Stanton did go too far with the military tribunal and suspension of personal freedom, however Lincoln did the same in a time of war. Stanton stacked the deck against the conspirators, but he should have been satisfied with the tribunal's judgement of life in prison for Mrs. Surrat. I think his grief and anger fueled his thirst for revenge and I think he and others did take some advantage of the situation (like Bush did after 9/11) to create an atmosphere of fear, but I think he truly did want to see justice done, but his justice was not true justice. He may have seen the constitution as a hindrance or a guideline rather than the law. I don't think anyone is truly good or evil and I think that personal experiences and prejudices guide one's actions in a time of stress and uncertainty more than a societal norm or an inborn moral compass.

    from Edwin Stanton: Hero, Villain, or Something Else?
  • Florence
    08/22/2012 at 3:11pm

    Florence

    As a new member I think The American Film Company's mission to make films of American historic events (historically accurate) is a fantastic way to educate those people who take pride in their country,and want to learn more about our American stories.
    -Florence

    from Slavery, race, and the assassination
  • Cowboyphotographer
    08/20/2012 at 1:19am

    Cowboyphotographer

    I agree with any historian who says that Mary Surrat was in the wrong place at the wrong time. But I think she lived a tough life with her husband and after she died, she probably a tough life up until April 1865. According to her, in the film: the Conspirator, She did keep her son to close and she wasn't about to give up her son for getting involved in the plot to kidnap Lincoln and or in the Conspiracy to kill Lincoln too.

    from The Private Life of Mary Surratt
  • Cowboyphotographer
    08/19/2012 at 2:14am

    Cowboyphotographer

    In my opinion, Fredrick Aiken did the best he could to defend Mary Surrat especially with his theme: Don't allow your desire for revenge cloud your judgement. But I have a theory that, When the innkeeper John Loyd testified that Mary brought the french field glasses and carbine rifles out to the tavern saying "get the Shooting irons ready". I'm thinking that was she an accomplice to Booth? Because she did that on Booth's behalf while Booth was stalking Lincoln in Washington City and what Booth told her what to do during that conversation with Mary at her Boardinghouse days before the assassination.

    from Frederick Aiken: A Proper Defense
  • Cowboyphotographer
    08/19/2012 at 2:14am

    Cowboyphotographer

    In my opinion, Fredrick Akien did the best he could to defend Mary Surrat especially with his theme: Don't allow your desire for revenge cloud your judgement. But I have a theory that, When the innkeeper John Loyd testified that Mary brought the french field glasses and carbine rifles out to the tavern saying "get the Shooting irons ready". I'm thinking that was she an accomplice to Booth? Because she did that on Booth's behalf while Booth was stalking Lincoln in Washington City and what Booth told her what to do during that conversation with Mary at her Boardinghouse days before the assassination.

    from Frederick Aiken: A Proper Defense
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“Historians View the Assassination”

87 commentsNov 17, 2009 at 4:00pm

In April of 1865 most northerners had little trouble discerning who was behind the assassination; they were convinced the Confederate government was involved. More

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

73 commentsNov 17, 2009 at 4:00pm

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. More

“Slavery, race, and the assassination”

56 commentsNov 17, 2009 at 4:00pm

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... More
 

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