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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 53 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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  • taletotell
    03/11/2012 at 8:12pm

    taletotell

    Quick addendum to the story:

    About 30 years ago(give or take a few), I was in Oklahoma History class at the University of Tulsa. Our assignment was to come up with un unusual research paper regarding a little known part of Oklahoma history. We were encouraged to do this through unconventional means, like actual interviews and personal accounts if possible.

    I thought I probably had the most unusual report because mine was first hand accounts of rooster fighting and how much the underground enterprise affected the economy of the state. I was wrong.

    A fellow classmate by the name of Jana Boothe(not sure I spelled her name correctly) had family documents and photos regarding her great-great(don't know how many greats)uncle John. Apparently he actually escaped to Indian territory and resided in what is now Enid, Oklhoma where he died a natural death some years into his old age. Another was actually hanged in his place.

    She was quite convincing. And, of course,she would have no reason to WANT to be associated with John Wilkes Boothe if in fact she didn't have to. Her family had actually been protecting the shameful secret all these years.

    from Brig. Gen. Joseph Holt - His Role as Chief Prosecutor in the Military Tribunal
  • lapappas
    03/11/2012 at 5:37pm

    lapappas

    I am so happy to hear that a new film is in progress about the American Revolution. I sincerely hope that it is the first of many. I own and have watched the HBO series on John Adams many times and look forward to more quality films on that era of our history.

    I also wish that Ken Burns would put together an epic documentary on this part of our national story. If you haven't seen Ric Burns' doc on the history of New York City it is well worth a look... I love it.

    A list of other topics for future films ought to include Lewis and Clark, Theodore Roosevelt, FDR and the history of America's involvement in the procuring of Alaska and Hawaii.

    from Historians View the Assassination
  • Lray1
    01/12/2012 at 4:50pm

    Lray1

    I've been reading the discussions with Dr. Larson on her web site, and I have a few thoughts. Historian that you are, I differ with you on a couple of issues. First, the evidence presented by Mr. Weichmann and Mr. Lloyd was not that strong - just managed by the prosecution. They themselves seemed questionable as to veracity and motive. Mrs. Surratt was not going to receive a fair trial. That was a military kangaroo court representing itself as a vehicle of justice. (I am surprised that Dr. Mudd himself was not executed) Incidentally, newly-President Johnson, himself a Southerner, was on very thin ice, inasmuch as Secretary Stanton was perhaps the single most powerful person in the country at that time, and probably would not have bucked the Secretary
    Second, though it may be that Mr. Aiken was newly-minted and relatively inexperienced, Clarence Darrow himself would not have gained her freedom. I refer you all, and you, Dr. Larson, to the closing argument in the case by Mr. Aiken. It's listed in some annals as one of the world's most powerful speeches. I respect your grasp of history, but we all know it is written by the winners, and since we can only read what is written, it's subject to multiple interpretations.

    from Frederick Aiken: A Rookie Defender
  • laverge-01
    01/03/2012 at 7:03pm

    laverge-01

    Mr. Beaven,

    I am director of the Surratt House Museum in Maryland and also friends with some lateral descendants of the Herolds. I would love to have you contact me. laurie.verge@pgparks.com

    from Brig. Gen. Joseph Holt - His Role as Chief Prosecutor in the Military Tribunal
  • historybuffcbt
    12/28/2011 at 1:15pm

    historybuffcbt

    I thoroughly enjoyed the presentation of "The Conspirator". It motivated me to study many websites, books and links to information that I would not have ever considered otherwise. The movie and the premise of The American Film Company has brilliantly accomplished their purpose to educate about little-known historical stories that were part of momentus events formative to the United States. Thank you, thank you for staying so close to the true events and true people! Thank you also for avoiding obvious screen-play embellishments that often twist or shade the truth of the actual circumstances and people. Robert Redford is a master director! Kevin Kline in a rare dramatic role was great as well as the rest of the cast! I am very impressed and I look eagerly forward to the next finished project!! Keep up the excellent work!!

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