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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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  • crewchief
    05/14/2012 at 8:38am

    crewchief

    It is sad that a nation has to fight among its-self...but the civil war was not
    a true CIVIL war. It was a fight for southern freedom from a opressive
    government...just what we are having now.....which I'm afraid will
    eventually lead to a real civil war in this country. And it will be brutal
    no matter how christian-like we are.

    from The Private Life of Mary Surratt
  • laverge-01
    05/03/2012 at 9:34pm

    laverge-01

    But what is history without a commentary on social "messages" from the past designed to teach the present and future? Without comparing past events with present situations and contemplating impacts on the future, the study of history is reduced to nothing more than timelines...

    from Mary Surratt - Guilty, Innocent, or does it matter?
  • abefan1
    04/26/2012 at 1:35am

    abefan1

    wish there was more about Frederick Aiken , he would be very interesting to read about : )

    from Frederick Aiken: A Rookie Defender
  • DukeBrooks
    04/13/2012 at 11:53pm

    DukeBrooks

    "The Conspirator" isn't a bad film...but the script "borrows" so heavily from "Breaker Morant" that I could tell what the next line would be in the courtroom scenes. Also, in Stanton's office, there was an electrical outlet cover plate visible in one shot. Not good. But just as obvious was the metaphorical aspect of the film: Catholic 1865 = Islamic 2011. Can Hollywood make a movie without "social commentary?" It's said that Samuel Goldwyn, when presented a script with a "message," remarked that "Messages are for Western Union." Good words that Hollywood would do well to live by, once again.

    from Mary Surratt - Guilty, Innocent, or does it matter?
  • laverge-01
    03/23/2012 at 8:49pm

    laverge-01

    LiverLovesNancy - Please contact me at the Surratt House Museum. I am the director of the museum and can give you some hints. First, try to locate a copy of An American Tragedy by Elizabeth Steger Trindal. It is very heavily in favor of Mrs. Surratt's innocence.

    I can also send you a copy of a speech that I have given over the years comparing both sides of the issue.

    laurie.verge@pgparks.com

    from Mary Surratt - Guilty, Innocent, or does it matter?
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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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