John Wilkes Booth
The Other Booths
by David O. Stewart
The notoriety of the Lincoln assassination has obscured the other Booths in history, but some were as well known as John Wilkes--or even better, at least until he pulled the trigger in the president’s box at Ford’s Theater, 155 years ago this week.
SOURCE: The Daily Beast
The Untold Miracle of Lincoln’s Last Day on Earth
by Michael Daly
One hundred fifty years ago to the day, the president welcomed a hungry, desperate soldier’s wife into the White House. Seven hours later, he would be assassinated.
For a Biography of John Wilkes Booth, Terry Alford Turns to Amateur Researchers
Mr. Alford’s book, published by Oxford University Press, is already being hailed as an important contribution, with the Lincoln scholar Harold Holzer praising it as “so deeply researched and persuasively argued that it should stand as the standard portrait for years.”
SOURCE: The Christian Science Monitor
Biographer of Lincoln assassin says John Wilkes Booth was a charmer
"He had drop-dead good looks, perfect teeth, great complexion. Physically, he was a marvel, a gym rat, an exercise fanatic."
Historian Harold Holzer interviewed about America’s most infamous murder: Lincoln’s assassination
"I think he was the greatest politician of his age. I think he was the greatest writer of his age."
The Strange Saga of Lincoln Assassination Co-Conspirator John Surrat
by David O. Stewart
John Surrat in the uniform of a Papal Zouave.As the world’s eyes turn to Rome for the selection of the next pope, Americans might recall that Vatican City was the refuge in 1866 for the Lincoln conspirator who got away -- John Surratt of Maryland.In 1864, the 20-year-old Surratt was a courier for the Confederacy, carrying messages between Richmond, Washington, D.C., New York, and Confederate agents in Canada. Raised in Confederate-leaning southern Maryland, Surratt frequently crossed the Potomac on secret missions. Late in the year, he moved with his sister and widowed mother to Washington, D.C. Mary Surratt opened a boarding house on H Street. It soon became the center of an anti-Lincoln conspiracy. In President Andrew Johnson’s phrase, Mrs. Surratt “kept the nest that hatched the egg.”
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