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 on: April 22, 2014, 05:03:13 PM 
Started by Randal - Last post by Randal
on John Wilkes Booth, titled, "Fortunes Fool", will be published February 2015 by Oxford University Press.

Perfect timing for the 150th anniversary of the assassination.

Previously Mr. Alford edited Booth's sister, Asia Clarke's memoir, "The Unlocked Book...." re-titled "John Wilkes Booth" (A Sister's Memoir by Asia Booth Clarke). This book is a great addition to any Lincoln Assassination library collection and is available through Amazon. Pick this one up if you don't have it already!

Terry was always helpful to me when I was editing my book on Richard Smoot. I would send a barrage of questions, and he always found time to answer or point me in the right direction. He is such a nice guy and gentleman!

 on: April 18, 2014, 08:44:16 AM 
Started by Joe Gleason - Last post by Joe Gleason
You're welcome.
It's one of my favorite stops on the tour as well, so it should be an interesting project to record. The workmen
have a long way to go to restore the house to it's original state, but it will be beautiful when their finished with it.

I read somewhere that the roof was bright red or green. I'm not sure which, but hopefully they won't choose
red if they go with a tin roof. Think it might have been in Oldroyd's "Narrative of a walk"   ..not sure  Huh  

 on: April 18, 2014, 05:17:09 AM 
Started by Joe Gleason - Last post by Randal
Thanks for keeping up with this Joe. I have always liked that house along the escape route. Glad their going to restore it originally also!

 on: April 17, 2014, 09:52:25 AM 
Started by Joe Gleason - Last post by Joe Gleason
SUCCESS!  Grin Grin

Read the full article here..

This will be a great addition to the John Wilkes Booth escape tours. I will try to post photos and videos throughout the restoration process.

 on: April 17, 2014, 07:15:29 AM 
Started by Joe Gleason - Last post by Joe Gleason
More info on Cawood and Bryan families in the above post.  Smiley

 on: April 14, 2014, 07:03:41 PM 
Started by Randal - Last post by Randal
Horrible and tragic as it was, we wouldn't be discussing the assassination of our 16th President, if it wasn't for this day 149 years ago. But it IS fun, sleuthing, discovering facts, dis-spelling facts etc., regarding this. I have met a lot of wonderful researchers and friends on this, the Original Web Site of the Lincoln assassination, and I thank you all!

 on: April 14, 2014, 06:59:49 PM 
Started by Joe Gleason - Last post by Randal
Hahaha, agreed Joe!  Wink

 on: April 13, 2014, 01:19:34 PM 
Started by Joe Gleason - Last post by Randal
Couple what Borrows AND Cobb said, Booth didn't seem distressed or injured. I'm more into believing the theatre story, the traditional one.  "Peanut" never stated one way or the other if Booth was limping, etc. "Peanut" was holding the bridal and handed it over to Booth when Booth mounted the horse. If he mounted with his left (broken) foot, (as the majority of riders do) it doesn't mean anything, the few seconds from the jump to the stage and exiting the theatre was probably done with 100% adrenalin. (If adrenalin could be bottled for the consumer, we would never use Morphine, Percodan, Percocet, etc. again)  Wink

 on: April 13, 2014, 12:49:20 PM 
Started by Joe Gleason - Last post by Joe Gleason
The grey roan of Herold was probably exhausted, which would have contributed to the swollen shoulders. The
bay mare was very lame from an injury which could have happened in a fall.

"That one of their horses had fallen by which one of the men had broken his leg." Doctor S. Mudd

Dr.Mudd also stated that Booth was covered with mud in many places, and the appearence of his clothes would in other respects indicate that he had been riding very rapidly.

He continued still to suffer and complained of severe pain in the back, especially when being moved. In my
opinion, the pain in the back may arise from riding. I judge that in this case it originated from his fall and also from riding, as he seemed to be prostrated. He sometimes breathed very shortly & as if exhausted


Peanut was 5 feet from Booth and never reported seeing anything that would indicate that Booth was injured.
Not a limp, hobble, grunt ..nothing. And yet, he's doing all of these things like running, jumping onto his horse,
hitting and kicking my-man Peanut, all with broken leg and a wrenched back? Nah, I think the horse clobbered
him   ....and I really hope it squashed the snot of him.   Smiley

 on: April 12, 2014, 09:28:54 PM 
Started by Joe Gleason - Last post by Randal
No tip? I hate when that happens!

 What's confusing is, both horses, according to Thomas Davis are injured.

Back in 2006, I bought into the theory that the Bay mare tripped (over a log, branch, bus, etc)  Cheesy at Sopers Hill, but now I'm buying into the old theory that he broke his leg while jumping from the box at Fords'.

Early accounts of Herold when he was captured has him stating that the break came from landing on the stage and not from the horse falling while Booth was saddled. Herold insinuates that the first story Booth told people along the way (on his escape) that he made up the story of the horse falling, perhaps the story of his misaligned fall  from the box embarrassed him, and the story of the horse "tripping" sounded better, more dramatic.

It could certainly go both ways though. (either story)

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