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1  General Category / All Things Lincoln Assassination / Re: What if? on: December 02, 2013, 09:22:43 AM
Good Question. I will speculate and say that Powell would have kept his mouth shut. I base this on a couple of things. Powell believed that he was acting in the capacity of a soldier when he raided the Seward house. I don't recall ever reading anywhere that Powell ever believed he acted in any other capacity. He did however express regret over the Seward house raid. He probably came to this conclusion after some careful contemplation. I can remember reading an article by Betty O about an incident Powell got caught up in in which he saved some Union POW's from being shot or lynched. If the incident was true it gives a glimpse of his character. At the same time I hesitate to give his character too much credit for he was known to have savagely attacked a black woman who refused to cater to him or some such nonsense, I forget the details of that incident.

That being said, the government still may have gotten some information from Powell through coercive measures which probably would have incriminated Booth and led to his arrest. A lot of speculation here!

2  General Category / All Things Kennedy Assassination / Re: 50th Anniversary on: November 26, 2013, 12:34:07 PM
The only thing that bothers me about the whole thing is that the Dallas Police Dept. knew that Oswald's life was at risk when he was being transferred to the county jail. Why then did they let reporters and anyone else who might want to try a lucky pot shot into the garage area? Something stinks here.

3  General Category / All Things Kennedy Assassination / 50th Anniversary on: October 14, 2013, 06:38:45 PM
Okay, next month will be the 50th anniversary of the Kennedy assassination. I have not seen Parkland yet but plan on doing so this weekend. I would like to get a consensus as to how many people out there believe that Lee Harvey Oswald acted alone.

4  General Category / All NOT Things Lincoln Assassination / Re: With a heavy heart on: August 31, 2013, 09:39:43 AM

I am sorry to hear this. My warmest sympathy for you and your family.

5  General Category / Steven G. Miller's "Just For the Record" / Re: a Southern view of Boston Corbett on: August 07, 2013, 08:42:22 AM
I wonder about the source of this "leg-breaking" incident. Perhaps someone felt that Corbett should undergo the same pain as Wilkes Booth.

6  General Category / All Things Lincoln Assassination / Re: Was Lincoln Smiling When He Was Shot? on: May 12, 2013, 04:41:11 PM
I believe that one of the witness' to the assassination, James Ferguson stated that Lincoln might have actually been aware of Booth's presence just before he was shot. He told the authorities that Lincoln turned his head sharply to the left just before the shot was fired. Another witness (I forget who) thought that Lincoln might have been looking for someone in the audience, and therefore may have been preoccupied and not really paying attention to the play. Who knows. However, it is hopeful to think that Lincoln may have been smiling when the shot was fired.

7  General Category / All Things Lincoln Assassination / Re: Sunday Survey, April 14th on: April 14, 2013, 06:31:42 PM
Tidwell,Hall and Gaddy in their book Come Retribution (page 422) make a case that some of Booth's men had cased Grover's out for a possible kidnapping in January, 1865. Booth himself was well familiar with the layout so I believe that he had to have had a similar plan if Lincoln had decided to attend the play Aladdin's Lamp. I guess that he still would have had the element of surprise to his advantage. However, I do not know if he was familiar with the play Aladdins Lamp as he was Our American cousin. Remember, he knew that play so well that he timed the shot to occur at a specific moment. This probably gave him a few more seconds. Would there have been another Major Stewart in the audience that could have possibly apprehended Booth? That is the question.

8  General Category / All Things Lincoln Assassination / Re: Sunday Survey, March 31, 2013 on: April 06, 2013, 05:18:09 PM
Wasn't Herold a pharmacist's assistant? I am not sure what a pharmacist assistant did back in the mid 19th century, but I assume one needed to have a little sense to perform these tasks. Unless, of course he was merely a delivery boy. Also, Herold was known to have a keen sense of the outdoors. He was a good, devouted asset for Booth in his escape, and that is why Booth chose him for this. There was no way that booth would have survived for 12 days in the woods and roads of Maryland and Virginia had Herold not been there. Here is my view on Herold.
Survivalist Skills: Smart
IQ: Average
Common Sense: Dumb
9  General Category / All Things Lincoln Assassination / Re: Long time forum member Rob Wick on: April 06, 2013, 05:05:57 PM
Rob, Hope you are feeling better soon.

10  General Category / Steven G. Miller's "Just For the Record" / Re: Was it something that Booth said? on: March 29, 2013, 05:08:14 PM
The one thing that has always puzzled me about Booth's diary is when he mentioned that he thought that he could go back to Washington and clear his name. He was most certainly deluding himself, and having second thoughts about his villainous act.

11  General Category / All Things Lincoln Assassination / Re: Sunday Survey, March 24, 2013 on: March 29, 2013, 05:00:05 PM
Randal, I agree, Lloyd's testimony was a sham and never would have held up in a civilian court.

Gene, You also make a good point. Atzerodt probably had good cause to believe that he was going to be spared the hangman's noose. After all, he didn't kill or even hurt anyone. The only thing that he was guilty of was being able to stop the assassination before it happened, and being a part of the kidnapping plot. These were serious charges, but should not have got him a death sentence. At the most he should have received the same verdict as Dr. Mudd.

12  General Category / All Things Lincoln Assassination / Re: Sunday Survey, March 24, 2013 on: March 28, 2013, 01:34:59 PM
Good to see the Sunday survey back!

I believe that Atzerodt's credibility was pretty much shot and therefore probably would not have been a good witness for the prosecution. It would have been blatantly obvious that anything that came from his mouth was a desperate effort to save his own neck. That said, there were other witness' that were probably just as bad as Atzerodt that managed to save their skin by testifying against other conspirators. A good case could have been made against Lloyd who managed to sling the rope over Mary Surratt's neck. So who knows what would have happened.

13  General Category / All Things Lincoln Assassination / Re: Killing Lincoln on: February 18, 2013, 01:54:49 PM
I'll rent the DVD when it comes out. I don't know if it is just me, but historical programs on TV (because of their brevity) just don't cut the mustard like a book or magazine article does.

14  General Category / All Things Lincoln Assassination / Re: Was Booth's face covered up? on: February 18, 2013, 01:47:39 PM
Booth had met with Dr. Mudd on at least two, possibly even three or four previous occasions depending on what sources or stories you believe. I too find it hard to believe that a false beard and shawl would have outwitted Dr. Mudd. Also, why would he have wanted to keep his murderous deed a secret with a known Confederate sympathizer who he knew could be linked with the kidnapping plot at the very least?

I agree with John. If Booth did wear a shawl, it was to keep Mudd's servents from making a possible positive identification for police if they were later questioned.

15  General Category / All Things Lincoln Assassination / Re: Kansas Historical Assassination Talks on: February 04, 2013, 04:26:21 PM
Wish i could get off from work and attend! Good luck Steve!

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