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16  General Category / All Things Lincoln Assassination / Re: Dr. Samuel Mudd question on: January 13, 2013, 08:56:36 AM
I always believed that Mudd panicked. If Booth had randomly picked Mudd's house to get help for his leg, then Mudd would have had nothing to worry about. However, Mudd had previous ties to Booth. He knew that if this information got out he would have been nailed for being an accomplice. It is quite possible that the detctives never would have questioned Mudd had he not been so willing to spill the beans.

17  General Category / All Things Lincoln Assassination / Re: WEBSITE BREACHED ~ HACKED! on: January 13, 2013, 08:47:41 AM
Good to see that the site is back up!
18  General Category / All Things Lincoln Assassination / Re: Sunday Survey, Nov. 25, 2012 on: November 25, 2012, 09:09:46 PM
His legacy would have been the ending of slavery which had been an American institution since the first colonists came over in the early 17th century. However, he might also have been remembered for his lenient reconstruction policies. In fact, it is quite possible that if he had survived, and had been able to implement some of these policies, that Adolf Hitler would have become nothing more than a failed painter.

19  General Category / All Things Lincoln Assassination / Re: Sunday Survey, Nov. 18, 2012, David Herold stopped at the bridge on: November 18, 2012, 08:12:26 PM
Good question Steve. I might be going out on a limb here, but I believe that Booth would have been a lot more cautious had he not had Herold doing all the leg work for him. At the least he would have taken a different approach as to his plan of escape. I think that he may have gone into hiding. Think about it, he had numerous Confederate agents and sympathizers willing to assist him in his escape. Perhaps he would have convinced Thomas Harbin, or even Thomas Jones to lay him up somewhere until the heat died down. I always thought that if Booth did not run like a dog out of Washington, he might have been able to escape. He had plenty of contacts in the Washington area, and he could have found a nice clean attic to hide for a couple of months, at least until his leg healed. What would be better than to hide right under the noses of your pursuers? It worked for Osama Bin-Laden for nearly a decade(maybe). I don't think that there was very much effort put into the escape plan. Consider the unreliability of the men Booth was consorting with while hatching the kidnapping plot?

20  General Category / All Things Lincoln Assassination / Re: New Lincoln movie on: November 17, 2012, 08:47:09 PM
I am looking forward to seeing this next weekend when I get some time off!

21  General Category / All Things Lincoln Assassination / Re: Most Influential Lincoln Assassination Book? on: November 13, 2012, 09:25:37 AM
One of the first books that I read on the Lincoln Assassination was Hanchett's Lincoln Murder Conspiracy. However, I can remember watching various programs on TV back in the days before cable that got me hooked.

22  General Category / Steven G. Miller's "Just For the Record" / Re: Happy 180th Birthday, Boston Corbett on: October 28, 2012, 03:26:14 PM
Happy birthday Boz!

23  General Category / All Things Lincoln Assassination / Re: Sunday Survey, October 28, 2012 on: October 28, 2012, 03:23:07 PM
Well, I don't know about a cookbook. Perhaps a Dr. Mudd Home Remedy book? Wink

On a more serious note, besides Steve's Corbett bio, and Rob Wick's Conger bio, there might be room for bios on some of the other conspirators like George Atzerodt, or Sam Arnold. I doubt that there is enough primary source material for a bio on O'Laughlin or Spangler. I could be wrong.

24  General Category / All Things Lincoln Assassination / Re: Sunday Survey, 14, Oct 2012 on: October 15, 2012, 03:44:14 PM
I agree with Steve. Besides Booth, John Surratt was the one conspirator that the government wanted. If he had been captured in Montreal it would have taken a lot of heat away from his mother. He would have been swinging with the others on July 07th. However, I am dubious whether or not Mary would have gotten off that lightly. Perhaps a life sentence like Dr. Mudd and Arnold.

25  General Category / All Things Lincoln Assassination / Re: new book on newspaper coverage of the assassination on: October 11, 2012, 06:02:05 AM

That one is on my list of books to get. In fact, probably next. After my wife gives me my allowance Grin

26  General Category / All Things Lincoln Assassination / Re: Sunday Survey -- Booth's letter to the Editor on: October 11, 2012, 05:57:33 AM
This is a good question. I have always been skeptical of this letter that Booth supposedly gave to Matthews. Who in their right mind would burn such a letter. I can understand Matthews reluctance to come forward with it after witnessing the mass arrests. He might have believed that he would have been held complicit in the murder as a confidant of Booth. He must have been aware of the importance of the letter so why not just hide it? Didn't King Charles hide in a tree? Or was that Bonnie Prince Charlie? Surely he could have sealed the letter in a bottle and his it somewhere (in the cavity of a tree?) until a safer date in time.
To answer the question I believe that if Matthews had mailed the letter the newspapers would have published it without a doubt. However, I am doubtful that such a letter ever existed.

27  General Category / All Things Lincoln Assassination / Re: new book on newspaper coverage of the assassination on: October 05, 2012, 06:09:54 PM
Looks like a good book to have in the library. I am always fascinated by some of the newspaper articles that appeared in the weeks following the assassination.

28  General Category / All Things Lincoln Assassination / Re: New book on William Seward! on: September 23, 2012, 06:08:35 PM
I have never read a biography of Seward. This one looks like it might be interesting.

29  General Category / Steven G. Miller's "Just For the Record" / Re: CSA and John Wilkes Booth, Domestic Terrorism on: September 13, 2012, 05:33:08 AM
To me, terrorism is a relative term. One would actually have to examine the context in which the term is applied, and also the time period. I would also say that the term is a specious one. Would the British have considered the Americans terrorists during the Revolution? Firing behind trees and stone walls guerilla style. I took classes on terrorism when I was in the Marine Corps and I recall that terrorism had to involve the element of "fear."
I guess that Booth could be considered a succesful terrorist, but so could Sherman, Custer, Mosby and John Brown for that matter.
Good topic!

30  General Category / All Things Lincoln Assassination / Re: Sunday Survey, 26, August 2012 on: August 29, 2012, 09:48:31 AM
I believe that Mary Surratt would have received the same punishment as Dr. Mudd, but she would not have been sent to the Dry Tortugas. More than likely she would have spent her time in some local prison. Perhaps she would have remained at the Old Capitol Prison. I agree with Randal as far as the ill-timing of Powell's visit having a future effect on Mrs. Surratt's guilt. She would likely have escaped the gallows if she had not been caught in a blatant lie.

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