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1  General Category / All Things Lincoln Assassination / Re: Sarah A. Slater on: September 18, 2012, 08:44:10 PM
Randal. I am firmly convinccced that Sarah and French Kate were two different women. In the Ben Hogan story , He gave us Kate's background as New Orleans, with a Husband , etc. Accepting that or not, Sarah stayed in Canada for a month oe two, until E.G. Lee discouraged her from pursuing Surratt, and she returned to NY. (Sarah and Surratt were together from March until April in Elmira, then back in Canada until Lee ran her off.)  Sarah's brother testified in court tha she arrived in NY in May and lived ther until te divorce  in 1866. I don't see a time frame in there rhat allows her to covort with Hogan.   I have absolutely no evidence that Sarah was not virtous. Ihave a theory, that Sarah was married in this time frame, after believing she was in fact a widow - but I can't prove it. IMO, this shatters the time line claimed by Hogan - who was a braggard without end. Sarah was too small, too weak, too redneck, to be a business woman, as Kate was. If she was "that good", and made a fortune "in business", why wouldn't she open a "business"  after the war, in New York?  and live a life of luxury -And she didn't.
2  General Category / All Things Lincoln Assassination / Re: Wherrrre's Johnny? on: September 02, 2012, 07:15:35 PM
PS (to my previous post). This is for your entertainment,) Would you believe that Sarah A. Slater was with Surratt in Elmira? Look at L. C. Baker's "History of the Secret Service". Bakers field detectives, reported to him that Surratt had a run-in with a Conductor on a RR and they described Surratt's companion as "A very little man". ( Sarah was less than 5'-0" tall).  "She" was bundled up to her chin, and was not allowed to talk. Thus no voice identification, no body form apparent, and they spent the trip outside the Coach, on the platform. They left the train at St. Albans. This is where, and when, Surratt's hankerchiel was found in the Station. When Surratt arrived in Montreal (April 18) and signed in at St. Lawrence Hall, the next signature was "A. Reynaud" - Sarah's mother's maiden name.  Watcha think? PPS I have copyrighted this story.
3  General Category / All Things Lincoln Assassination / Re: Wherrrre's Johnny? on: September 02, 2012, 07:00:40 PM
All of the answers that are sent in reply, have to be "opinions". There are just as many "he was there" as there are "he wasn't there." My choice is "That he was in Elmira, on the dates stated". The subject came up at his trial and the consenses was that he was there. So, why was he there? Early in April, the Canada Commissioners were planning a "Campaign". They had an idea of creating a Confederate Army in Canada. Who would then swoop down and fight their way south. Led by GENERAL E. G. LEE.
(This was said to be why Lee was sent to Canada). While Surratt was in Elmira, is when REL was at Appamottox. That soon after his surrendder, there was still  talk of continuing the war. There was Johnson in the deep south, and another Army in Texas. Davis was on the run, and had plans to fight. What better source of Confederate Fighting Men was there? There were more trained soldiers in Prisons, than were left in the South. There was an earlier attempt at this sme sort of recruitment when Bradley Johnson made a move around Washington. He wanted to get to Point Lookout , andrelease those men. There was a Navy Partisan Group, led by John Hebb, that went to Marykand and burried rifles, in order to arm the released "prisoners" immediately. I sepulate that the Canada plabbers, would do the same thing.
4  General Category / All Things Lincoln Assassination / Re: Bill O'Reilly's new book on: August 17, 2012, 03:34:28 PM
I assume that Mr. O'Reilly and friends, will publish a series of these books - in French, Japanese, etc, all based on his first book - as long as they sell. LOL
5  General Category / All Things Lincoln Assassination / Re: Death of Booth and the Statue of Liberty on: August 17, 2012, 03:28:31 PM
I wanted to suggest that maybe Booth could not enter the coutry. (Was he a citizen?) Or did he have a VISA, issued in his home country - either an Immigrant Visa or a Temporary Visa? If he had an "Immigrant" Visa, then he had to have a sponsor - Who? If he was here temporarly, he had to have a paid up round trip ticket and proof of financial solvency. Did he have an arrival date and a departure date, and did he pay the processing fee? Was he a criminal? Did he have any communicable disease?  ETC.  Now you can see why "immigrants" slip across the border at night. Don't think about visiting the Statue. there is a $13.00 ticket required, besides it is closed to visitors - under renovation.  So much for your tired poor, your huddled masses. Did you know that the Statue of Liberty (Bedloe Island) was refered to as the Immigrant Dumping Station>
6  General Category / All Things Lincoln Assassination / Re: Trivia! on: August 08, 2012, 02:07:32 PM
I can't find a Kate Harbin anywhere. Can anyone steer me to a Kate Harbin? Maybe it was a nickname for one of the ladies?
7  General Category / All Things Lincoln Assassination / Re: Monday Survey August 6, 2012 on: August 07, 2012, 10:01:38 PM
Sometimes you scare me. LOL
8  General Category / All Things Lincoln Assassination / Re: Monday Survey August 6, 2012 on: August 07, 2012, 09:29:11 PM
If there was even the smallest chance of Booth  nameing -names, the "South" would have shot him. If they had the intention of assassinating a President, Booth was "small change", thus NO PROBLEN! In actuality, I think this same rationale applies to each of the "They ain't got the half of them." gang. They knew better than to talk. I have never heard of any one admitting to have been involved in the assassination. Not even on their death bed, not even a drunken brag. Which leads to; was there ever a "New York Ccrowd"?
9  General Category / All Things Lincoln Assassination / Re: Monday Survey August 6, 2012 on: August 07, 2012, 08:49:27 PM
I'm not good at "What ifs ?", but this one is different. If the pistol misfired, then there would not have been a murder, What would the charge have been?  Attempted murder? I am trying to guess if the "New York Crowd" would attempt another assassination, and the plotting would go on - and eventually get the same results. So, everyone would clam up, and get back to business.
On a lighter tack - would the south have shot Booth, for botching a sure-thing?
10  General Category / All Things Lincoln Assassination / Re: Trivia! on: August 04, 2012, 01:31:44 PM
I am in a hurry, so I cant spend time on  this, thus I may be wrong.  Thomas A. Jones married Jane Harbin , 1845 +/-. she died and left Jones with 10 kids. Jane was Thomas H. Harbin's sister. Jones and Harbin were Bs-I-L    Thomas H. Harbin married his cousin - Mary Stewart. I'll get more as soon as I can.
11  General Category / All Things Lincoln Assassination / Re: Coordinates on: July 30, 2012, 08:36:23 PM
OK, Joe. I will dig the pot out of my collection of rusty iron - in the barn. We can take the pot to where the flat rock is (next to the electric transformer.) You can arrange your photo to include the Potomac.
I will check out the Cawood coordinates with my wife's GPS. Don't be surprised if my coordinates are slightly different. Accuracy is dependant on the position of at least 4 sattelites. Even at best they can be off by as much a 6 feet. (Close enough for government work).
I will drive down and get coordinates for Brogden's camp. Then you can compare them to the calculated coordinates.
As you already know, Cawood did not have a centralized camp site. People like John Surratt, Sarah Slater, George Atzerodt, James Fowle, and Kensey JohnS Stewart, all mentioned  they slept in the  TENNANT HOUSE. So. will use that site as the CAMP.  The Mail Drop is closer to the river bank, and in an area where I have dug the most Civil War Relics (Shrapnel, belt buckles, diner ware, a U.S. Marine Corps button, and a 50 calibur center fire, copper cartridge. Most Copper cartridges of that era, were center fire. Thus, this one is rare. Are there any readers who would be interested in more details of the cartridge? JOHN
PS. I have found arrow heads in this same area.
12  General Category / All Things Lincoln Assassination / Re: Coordinates on: July 29, 2012, 09:31:44 PM
Since there appears to be an effort, in the making, to get out and find "things". Let me broaden your search limits. I have in mind your references to "the three pronged stump". I do not believe that they hid mail in any stumps. (Too exposed to the weather and too likely to be found accidentally.)
I think you all are aware that my farm was Cawood's Camp. As I was having my house built - long before I ever heard of Cawood,  I was having my power lines put underground. They used a plow- like "installer" that put the wires down about 3 feet - all in one pass.  To make a long story short, they pulled up a cast iron cooking pot, with 3 stubby little legs, and covered by a large flat rock. This was very close to the surface. The pot got broken, but I have it in storage, and the rock was reset where found.  This brought James O. Hall and Bill Tidwell to the farm, and they ID it as a "MAIL DROP".  (About 1980). How lucky can a guy get?  Mu point here is - go back to where the old stump was, and give the area a good electronic sweep. (Metal detector, or GPR, if you can get one). Based on my experience, I believe that the stump was merely a visible marker. (Survryors call that a "Monument") thus, the mail drop may still be there, unless the tracks were set on top of the drop.
JOE. You know where my farm is, I forgot about the Iron Pot, when you were here, we can go over there and shoot coordinates in just a few minutes. My wife has GPS in her car, maybe I can drive as close as I can, and read whatever it says. Did you get coordinates for Brogden's camp, when we were there?
JOHN.
13  General Category / All Things Lincoln Assassination / Re: After the War, activity by the Confederate Government on: July 12, 2012, 07:40:52 PM
et al. I have a copy. Only 30 pages or so. I can whip up some copies. How many do I need? and give me a home address.  JOHN
14  General Category / All Things Lincoln Assassination / After the War, activity by the Confederate Government on: July 12, 2012, 04:39:38 PM
Google: "Niagara on the Lake, as aConfederate Refuge:1866 to 1869" , by Nicholas Rescher

This ia an interesting story, because it describes high-level, public, Confederate activity continued well after the war. Not only did it attract big  names from the Confederate Government (and Army)., they doled out enough money to restart the war. Jeff Davis found time to visit, after he got out of prison.
My first reaction to this distribution of wealth, was "Where did this money come from?" It must have been the Confedertae Treasury in Canada. However, I have records of the transfer of the Treasyry to England. The money was deposited in Frazier and Trenholm in Liverpool. I also have copies of the receipts for those deposits.  Before you make plans to see if there is money at Frazier and Trenmolm,  the money was claimed by Judah P. Benjamin, as soon as he got there. and he lived happily ever after.
There may have been money left in Canada, not available to the remnents of the extinct Government- money that was available to pay the Conspitators.  Maybe it was money deposited in Canada in anticipation of payment to the survivera of the Confederacy, who may have been getting short pay checks, in the latter part of the war.
I'm sssssssure that this story will make you scrathch your headand wonder. Was it money from the New York Crowd? Give it a read and we can talk about it  Google' the line at the start.
15  General Category / All Things Lincoln Assassination / Re: Sunday Survey for June 24th., 2012 on: June 26, 2012, 09:37:02 PM
Everything that we read today, says, that Surratt was in Elmira on April 14th. EVERY OTHER CLAIM has been proven wrong. Any story that was almost acceptable, was provided by "eyewitnesses" that were discredited for perjury.

We know that Surratt left Booth after the abduction attempt, and never saw him again. Surratt left Richmond April 2, - in Washington April 4, - in Montreal April 8 and was sent to Elmira. (E. G. Lee never denied that assignment.) Surratt was seen and identified on his return to Montreal in St. Albans, (The Lost Hankerchief, etc.)

Is there any room to disbelieve this? The truthfullness of this is what saved Surratt's life. I don't have a speck of doubt, that there could have been any other possibilities for Surratt's where-abouts, and duties.
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