Peterson House - White House Body Bearers

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BoothBuff:
     That was a neat article, Barry. The soldiers dressing Lincoln's body sounds fishy. I do remember reading Stanton personally supervised the clothing of Lincoln's body after the embalming.

     As far as the box's location near bricks, I checked The Restoration of Ford's Theater, and it's confusing. The box was very near and may have abutted the south wall. Laura Keene supposedly entered it by way of the south addition, but I see no clear location of a door through the southern brick wall near the box.

BoothBuff:
     One door that's mentioned for sure went from behind the dress circle to the second floor of the Star Saloon building. I'm thinking there was another closer to the box that also accessed that building or maybe a staircase behind it, and that's how Keene bypassed the crowd to get into the box.  With the north and south additions, it really looks like a it was a maze at that time.

Barry Doohan:
The GAR Museum in Philadelphia is a centralized location of the collections of all the former GAR Posts in the city.  A lot of odds and ends that the veterans picked up during and after the war. I thought the brick might have been obtained following the 1893 building collapse but the only provenance was that written on the brick itself.

They also have the US flag flown over Independence Hall during Lincoln's funeral ceremonies in the city and a swatch from the flag that Lincoln raised over Independence Hall in 1861.

Mea culpa for the spelling error Mr. Petersen.

Roger Norton:
Quote from: BoothBuff on May 08, 2012, 03:46:37 PM

As far as the box's location near bricks, I checked The Restoration of Ford's Theater, and it's confusing. The box was very near and may have abutted the south wall. Laura Keene supposedly entered it by way of the south addition, but I see no clear location of a door through the southern brick wall near the box.


Joe, Laura Keene's actions that night have always been a mystery to me.  On the far end of the spectrum we have Clara Harris' statement that, "No, that was a falsehood: Laura Keene did not enter the box from first to last. She might have been with the crowd who were trying to get in at the door, but only a very few were admitted, and she was not among the number." As far as I know the first time Dr. Leale mentioned her presence was in 1909. She is not mentioned at all in his earlier statements.

Other eyewitness accounts do have her present. In addition to the "holding Lincoln's head" accounts there are many stories that she brought water.

J. A. Covel said, "She (Laura Keene) obtained the water from some source, and as I was near at hand, I helped her down from the stage and she passed up to the box where the President was dying."

For some reason that statement isn't clear in my aging brain. Can someone kindly explain to me what Mr. Covel is saying?  Many thanks. Does it mean she entered the box via the same door the Lincoln party and Booth did?

BoothBuff:
     That's always been a question I've wanted to know, too, Roger. Keene went outside somehow, from what I gather and got to the box by another doorway other than the one the Lincoln party used. I'm thinking there was a doorway near the rear steps of the south addition. Did you look at The Restoration?. I found it very confusing. If there wasn't another door near the box, maybe she came through the one that accessed the second floor of the south addition lounge and was located at the rear of the dress circle.

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