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The Lincoln Assassination

  Richmond has fallen, General Robert E. Lee has surrendered; the Civil War was ending. And then, Abraham Lincoln was plucked from this earth as if his mission here had been accomplished - to keep the United States united...to preserve the Union! There are so many instances in U.S. History where the hand of fate seems to be operating and I think this is one! Join me as we approach the 150th anniversary of the Assassination to look back at this tragic event in our history.

   This lecture is the result of many years of research and travel. In addition to the examination of primary and secondary sources; I've been to Washington D.C. to photograph and document the site of the assassination; Ford’s Theater, the Peterson House where Lincoln died, Mary Surratt’s Boarding House and her Tavern where the conspirators met and also the location of their executions at Fort McNair. I've also been to sites in both Maryland and Virginia walking in the footsteps of the assassin by tracing the escape route - photographing and making video of everything I came across especially the little known location of John Wilkes Booth's death at the hands of Federal Troops.

   About an hour in length, the lecture begins with a short synopsis of the backdrop of the Civil War leading into an examination of the plot to kidnap Lincoln and how that plot developed into a scheme to assassinate the president. Both Lincoln and Booth's movements during the day of the assassination are meticulously chronicled using a simultaneous timeline. And then, by utilizing photographs of the period, modern photographs and video, the assassination is recounted in stunning detail. The escape and capture of John Wilkes Booth is fully described with photographs and video footage of the locations where he hid and the site where he was killed. The lecture concludes with a vivid description of the trial of the all of the conspirators and execution of the four of them; Mary Surratt, Lewis Powell, David Herold and George Atzerodt. 

 

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