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1  General Category / All Things Lincoln Assassination / Re: Rick Stelnick DEAD on: March 02, 2014, 01:20:42 PM
I think Stelnick told me that David E. Vancil, MLS, PhD. Curator, Cordell Collection of Dictionaries Special Collections Cunningham Memorial Library Indiana State University Terre Haute saw it, and verified the diary
  the same guy who tells us the Neff papers are real, right?
2  General Category / All Things Lincoln Assassination / Re: Rick Stelnick DEAD on: March 02, 2014, 09:45:22 AM
Ok here is the stuff on Booth receiving his Deringer from Philip Henson in Montgomery, Ala. For what it is worth. From p. 79 of the DR Ms.

Henson: “John Wilkes, you may march to a different drummer, but you can’t expect other folks to march with you too. If I were you, I would carry a gun like this on your person, just in case something like tonight comes up. It’s a single shot pocket pistol made by Henry Deringer of Philadelphia. Only weighs eight ounces and is six inches long with a two and a half inch barrel. Fires a .41 caliber lead ball.  They’re sold in matching pairs. I have another just like it. Here, take it, its yours.” 

  Sources: Philip Henson Papers & Photos. Used with kind permission, courtesy of Grace Henson White;   
So his source that Henson gave Booth the pistol is a document no one else has seen.  About what we thought.
3  General Category / All Things Lincoln Assassination / Re: Rick Stelnick DEAD on: February 24, 2014, 08:43:23 PM
Stelnick was supposed to have some information about the source of a Booth pistol.  That someone had given Booth a pistol to protect himself from jealous husbands or something to that effect.  I never got around to contacting him about that.
4  General Category / Steven G. Miller's "Just For the Record" / Re: another Booth gun story (last paragraph) on: December 19, 2013, 11:09:43 AM
A herpetologist friend on mine who's grandfather lived in Finis Bates house in Memphis, claimed as a kid while throwing out a chest of drawers that belonged in the barn behind the house, that while going through it, found a derringer, and he assumed it was the "sister" the Booth's, since Bates had it. The derringer is now in a private residence in Florida. I asked to people who own it to send me a picture of it, they haven't as of yet. I'm curious
Randal, did you ever hear any more about this pistol?
5  General Category / All Things Lincoln Assassination / Re: Killing Lincoln on: March 19, 2013, 12:11:07 PM
Or maybe it was the fact that Lewis Powell, excuse me Paine (he says he does not go by Powell any longer in the film  Huh), got the Wilson from Home Improvement treatment where they refused to show his face I don't know.

I really did love the various scene settings and how they were done (Cox home, pine thicket, Fords Theater, Baptist Alley, photographing of conspirators etc). Some looked wonderful, others not so much.


At the Surratt Conference, the producer told us obscuring the faces was intentional so as to not overshadow the actual mug shot photos.  They wanted viewers to identify with the 'real guys' not the actors.

They had only 15 days to film so they had to make do with some locales in close proximity to get it all in on schedule.

The research was meticulous.  For example, the books in Secretary Seward's room were the same titles his daughter Fanny had been reading to him.

The film uses O'Reilly's title but it does not utilize the book at all.  The research was conducted from scratch according to the producer. 
6  General Category / Steven G. Miller's "Just For the Record" / Re: another Booth gun story (last paragraph) on: March 12, 2013, 07:56:20 PM
A herpetologist friend on mine who's grandfather lived in Finis Bates house in Memphis, claimed as a kid while throwing out a chest of drawers that belonged in the barn behind the house, that while going through it, found a derringer, and he assumed it was the "sister" the Booth's, since Bates had it. The derringer is now in a private residence in Florida. I asked to people who own it to send me a picture of it, they haven't as of yet. I'm curious
Interesting.  Let me know if you hear more.  You may be familiar with the story of Bates's acquaitance John St. Helen on his sickbed telling where to find the "pistol he shot Lincoln with."  That pistol was found by St. Helen's employer, F.J. Gordon, but St. Helen recovered and left town, according to Bates and become David George.  That pistol is in the possession of Gordon's descendants.
7  General Category / Steven G. Miller's "Just For the Record" / Re: another Booth gun story (last paragraph) on: March 12, 2013, 05:57:19 PM
Apparently theres another derringer in Memphis and one in Berryville, Ar. Wink
Randal, I know about the one in Berryville although I don't think they make the claim anymore.  What's the deal on the one in Memphis?  That's a new one on me.
8  General Category / Steven G. Miller's "Just For the Record" / Re: another Booth gun story (last paragraph) on: March 10, 2013, 09:44:45 PM
This should be a Wesley Harris alert!
Apparently Booth had more weapons than the Marine Corps.  They've turned up everywhere Grin.
9  General Category / All Things Lincoln Assassination / Re: barn destroyed due to birthday candles on: March 02, 2013, 06:50:52 AM
I wondered what those bright lights to the north of me were.
10  General Category / All Things Lincoln Assassination / Re: New Ed Steers Book! on: March 02, 2013, 06:49:25 AM
I wonder how much of it will be Lincoln-related and if it goes beyond the Booth diary?
11  General Category / All Things Lincoln Assassination / Re: Booth's hat and handguns on: October 28, 2012, 01:21:25 PM
What I meant is I have evidence the pistols were part of Booth's original arsenal, not given to him by someone along the way.  They could have been stashed along the way but I can make a strong argument they were Booth's. 

To know more, come to the 2013 Surratt conference!
12  General Category / All Things Lincoln Assassination / Re: Booth's hat and handguns on: October 26, 2012, 07:48:57 PM
I can't imagine Booth jumping to the stage with one or two full-sized revolvers in open holsters strapped on his belt.  Both pistols weigh a little over two pounds each.  I've worn a gun belt at work for 35 years and the extra weight makes jumping from any height difficult.  And if Booth had a revolver with him, why use the one-shot Deringer? 

The two revolvers are part of the arsenal Booth obtained in New York in the early stages of his planning.  I have evidence of that so there's no way he obtained them from someone along the escape route, unless he arranged to hide them earlier.  And if they were hidden, why not with the carbines at Surratt's?  There's no mention anywhere of that in the testimony.  I tend to believe they were stashed in the saddle bags on the waiting horse.
13  General Category / All Things Lincoln Assassination / Re: David Herold Novel on: September 22, 2012, 01:21:58 PM
Has anyone read it?  I stay away from assassination fiction.  I have hard enough time keeping the "facts" straight without confusing it with a fictional account.
14  General Category / All Things Lincoln Assassination / Re: Richard Sloan Request on: September 22, 2012, 01:19:07 PM
Having been in some very chaotic crime scenes just after the deed was done, I know it's very possible to be unable to identify everyone who was present.  Just because every person who entered the box did not name Keene doesn't mean she wasn't there. 
15  General Category / All Things Lincoln Assassination / Re: Mary Surratt and Victorian Womanhood on: August 08, 2012, 04:10:51 PM
Lindsey and Dave will be writing books together one of these days.
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