Tag: john wilkes booth

  • Short Takes

    Carter. John Carter. Captain, First Virginia Cavalry. Ten minute trailer with lots of gratuitous Yankee-bustin’. and Looks like John Wilkes Booth won’t be bob-bob-boblin’ along at the Gettysburg store any more. Bobblehead dolls of the man who assassinated President Abraham Lincoln have been pulled from sale at the Gettysburg National Military Park visitors’ center bookstore. […]

  • Was it Really John Wilkes Booth?

    Just watched part of a History Channel show that taps into the article I posted on previously about whether it was really John Wilkes Booth who was shot by Union cavalry. I will summarize it so you won’t have to watch. The man , so ’tis said, was actually James William Boyd, a former Confederate […]

  • Short Takes

    I’ve been extremely busy with several projects which hasn’t left much time to blog, even though I have a lot of material. Thanks to co-bloggers for keeping the flame burning here at TOCWOC. Talked to an FSU history professor at a party over the holidays, a woman of about thirty. What was most interesting was […]

  • Why did Everton Conger burn down Richard Garrett’s tobacco barn?

    Of all the stories regarding Everton J. Conger and his successful capture of John Wilkes Booth, one that has always intrigued me is why did Conger decide it was time to fire Richard Garrett’s tobacco barn after hours of making what seemed empty threats to do so? From Conger’s own testimony all we get is […]

  • Michael Kauffman – American Brutus: John Wilkes Booth and the Lincoln Conspiracies

    In addition to Rafuse’s book about McClellan, this book ended up in my house more by chance than out of interest. In all honesty, I’m more interested in discussion of how Lincoln’s death affected Reconstruction policies, but this is not on the agenda. What Kauffman did accomplish was a strong offering of pop history with […]