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Author Topic: Signatures of the Conspirators Revived  (Read 8615 times)
Dave Taylor
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« on: February 25, 2012, 10:51:38 PM »

Note: Since I’m updating things, I decided to revive this thread that we worked on last year.  I still find the different signatures of the conspirators (and others) to be interesting to see.


Signatures of the Conspirators:


Earliest known signature


Common signature



(From Betty’s book)





(From the Kirkwood Register)




(Courtesy of Blaine)


(From Mary's letter to John Nothey.  This letter and signature were actually written by Louis Wiechmann, not Mary.)


(Probably signed by his secretary at the Baltimore Steam Packet Company and not actually John Surratt.)


(Courtesy of Blaine)

(Signed Jno. Harrison Surratt)









(From the "Sam" Letter)





The only signature we are missing is from Michael O’Laughlen.  We know he took an Oath of Allegiance but where would it be?


Poems written by John Wilkes Booth and David Herold while on the run:

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"He put aside the dainty bribe
The little proffered hand
Albeit he held it in his thought
The dearest in the land
Not sharply nor with sudden heart
But with regretful grace
Meanwhile the shadow of his pain
Fell white upon his face

Dark daughter of the Sultry South
Thy dangerous eyes & lips
Essayed to win the prize and leave
Dear honor we Eclipse
She shyly clung upon his brow
He stayed now at the door
I could not love thee, dear so much
Loved I not Honor more.
Adieu, forever mine, my dear
Adieu forever more!"

The handwriting of the first poem matches the handwriting in Booth’s diary:



Comparing Davy's signature to the second poem:




Signatures of others related to the assassination:


JWB's father, Junius Brutus Booth Sr.


Handwriting of Mary Holmes Booth, JWB's mother.


Edwin Booth, JWB’s brother.  (Courtesy of Joe)


Edwin Booth


Mary Alice Herold, Davy's sister.


Powell’s father, Rev. George C. Powell. (Courtesy of Betty)


Powell’s mother, Patience Powell.  (Courtesy of Betty)


Atzerodt's cousin, Ernest Hartman Richter.  Clearly he lacked a formal education.


John H. Surratt, Sr.  Mary’s deceased husband and John’s father.  (Courtesy of Blaine)


Anna Surratt, Mary's daughter and John's sister.


Louis J. Wiechmann, boarder at Mrs. Surratt's boardinghouse and key witness against her at the conspiracy trial.


Secretary of State, William Henry Seward. (Courtesy of Betty)


William H. Seward, Jr. He was not present the night his father was attacked.


Emerick Hansell, State department messenger stabbed by Powell


Dr. Verdi, Seward's doctor.


Henry Rathbone, guest of the President’s to Ford’s Theatre


Laura Keene, lead actress of Our American Cousin.


Harry Hawk, actor in Our American Cousin.


John Buckingham, Ford's Theatre ticket taker who later sold his own Playbill copies.


Orchestra director, William Withers


Richard H. Garrett, owned the property on which Booth was killed.


Boston Corbett, shot Booth.


Boston Corbett (Courtesy of Blaine)


John Hartranft, commander of the Old Arsenal prison that housed the conspirators. (Courtesy of Betty)


Dr. Porter, who made twice daily checks on the health of the conspirators while they were imprisoned. (Courtesy of Betty)


General David Hunter, head of the military comission that tried the conspirators


Frederick Aiken, Mary’s attorney.  (Courtesy of Betty)


William Doster, Atzerodt and Powell’s attorney. (Courtesy of Betty)


Rev. Dr. Gillette, Powell’s minister. (Courtesy of Betty)


Christian Rath, the conspirators’ executioner. (Courtesy of Betty)


 

Does anyone have any other signatures they would like to add to our collection?  And remember, the first person to find O'Laughlen's gets a gold star!
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« Reply #1 on: February 25, 2012, 11:17:30 PM »

     Very, very neat, Dave! Thank you for that. I've only heard of those poems and have never seen them. Where did you find them?
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« Reply #2 on: February 26, 2012, 11:33:37 AM »

Fascinating stuff! Thank you for posting these!!
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« Reply #3 on: February 26, 2012, 01:08:36 PM »

I went through my picture collection and added some more signatures of people related to the assassination above. 

Regarding the poems, from the reference in Mike Kauffman's book I knew the poem was in the evidence files.  Therefore, I looked through The Evidence and found it under "Poem" on page 1055.  This gave me the reel and frame number (7:661-664).  I then used my "Evidence to Fold3" finding guide, and found the original document.
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« Reply #4 on: February 26, 2012, 03:19:02 PM »

Are you nterested in Sarah Slater's signature? I have one from her divorce papers  -  Nettie Slater and one from her Will  - Sarah A. Spencer. I have others , from her brothers, nieces, and nephews. You can get signatures from the St. Lawrence Register - Jacob Thompson, W. W. Cleary, Rev. S. F. Cameron, and the rest of the Canada Commission. I will look to see what else is available.  That would be a very unusual collection.
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« Reply #5 on: February 29, 2012, 10:07:01 PM »

Thanks for the Powell related signatures, Betty.  They look great!

John, I'll be honest and say that I don't know much about the Confederate aspects of our favorite conspiracy, but I'd love to see Sarah Slater's signature if you have it. 

That goes for the rest of you too.  If you have a signature, post it.  BoothBuff or TranquilMayhem, I'm sure you have brother Edwin's signature.  I was surprised when I didn't have a Weichmann in my archives.  Certainly someone else here does.
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« Reply #6 on: February 29, 2012, 11:47:39 PM »

     Hey Dave - I do have a very nice, bold signature of Edwin Booth on a cabinet card from later in his life. I've e-mailed it to you, but being I'm a computer dunce, I can't post it myself. See what you can do with it and if you need something else, reach out for me.  
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« Reply #7 on: March 01, 2012, 05:44:55 AM »

    Hey Dave - I do have a very nice, bold signature of Edwin Booth on a cabinet card from later in his life. I've e-mailed it to you, but being I'm a computer dunce, I can't post it myself. See what you can do with it and if you need something else, reach out for me.  


Joe, I was once like you, until this

http://www.lincoln-assassination.com/bboard/index.php?topic=1329.0

It's very EZ! Wink
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« Reply #8 on: March 01, 2012, 07:49:15 AM »

Thanks Dave for sharing your collection. It is always very interesting seeing pieces of history.
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« Reply #9 on: March 01, 2012, 02:39:01 PM »

     Thanks Betty! You're so nice to the slow kids!
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« Reply #10 on: March 01, 2012, 07:20:18 PM »

I've updated the first post in the thread to include the autographs from Betty and Joe.  In addition, Dr. Houmes was kind enough to send a few signatures from his collection, and I've posted them as well.  I've never seen an autograph from John Surratt, Sr before.  Very cool!
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« Reply #11 on: March 21, 2012, 07:17:55 PM »

Allright, so who has the best handwriting? I vote for Doster.

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« Reply #12 on: March 21, 2012, 08:11:05 PM »

Allright, so who has the best handwriting? I vote for Doster.

Craig


I agree! Wink
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« Reply #13 on: April 01, 2012, 11:10:12 AM »

George's signature surprised me the most!
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« Reply #14 on: April 03, 2012, 07:18:24 AM »

Was Sarah Slater's real name Sarah Spencer?
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