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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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  • 04/14/2010 at 11:10am

    DoreeSimon

    I wonder what it was about his experience that influenced Robert Redford to name the Sundance Film Festival after his character in 'Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid.' Granted, it does sound much better than naming it after Johnny Hooker, his character from 'The Sting.'

    I wonder what it...
    from Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid
  • 04/12/2010 at 12:14pm

    DoreeSimon

    Unlike many historical war movies, some of the characters in Black Hawk Down are still living and were able to see the film about their tragic experience.

    I found an article in which Matt Eversmann responds to Josh Hartnett's portrayal of him in the film. In the article, Eversmann said he's flattered by Hartnett's good looks, but that he's not the man from the film. He also said, "the movie is very good in projecting the theme of the book, brave men in a very difficult situation who account for themselves and their country." It's interesting to think that the "Eversmann" that America will always know is Hartnett's version, not the real Eversmann's.

    from Black Hawk Down
  • 04/12/2010 at 11:52am

    DoreeSimon

    Check out what the real Red Pollard looked like. Can you see the resemblance to Tobey Maguire!? At 5'9'', Maguire is actually two inches taller than Red, who was 5'7''. This was considered tall for a jockey. Other jockeys were closer to 5'3''.

    Check out what...
    from Seabiscuit
  • 04/12/2010 at 11:38am

    DoreeSimon

    That would be interesting Ed! I have a feeling that the combination of Woodward's experience and Ephron's writing skills could make a good story. On the other hand, I think it's often important for people with outside perspectives to write stories.
    I read that Woodward hated William Goldman's version of the script, and that Goldman wished he'd never gone near this film.... It seems like drama likes to follow Bob Woodward!

    from All the President's Men
  • 04/06/2010 at 10:32am

    DoreeSimon

    Ron Howard created such a convincing Mission Control Room on the set of Apollo 13 that people who were actually in Mission Control during the1970 Apollo 13 flight said that it felt like the real thing.

    Here is a picture of the real control room... It looks just like the movie version!

    Ron Howard...
    from Apollo 13
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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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