GDG- Killing Lincoln
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Mon Jan 16 20:13:45 CST 2012
Well Thank you- I didn't find the reference in the text.
"Just the facts, ma'am."
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In a message dated 1/16/2012 9:10:33 P.M. Eastern Standard Time,
teej at nc.rr.com writes:
Esteemed GDG Member Contributes:
Esteemed GDG Member Peter Contributes:
My version is that the guy got all excited and had to be restrained for
awhile but I forget where I read it.
Kauffman relates the incident in a footnote (#41 page 437 "American
"Some writers believe the story of John W. Westfall, an officer of the
Capitol Police, who later claimed to have held Booth back as he lunged for
the president. Benjamin B. French recorded his recollection of the
just after the assassination. According to French, a man lunged at the
president, and he (French) ordered Westfall to grab him. The man insisted
had a right to be there, and thinking he might be a new member of
French told the policeman to let him go. Benjamin French to Francis O.
French, April 24, 1865, French Papers, Manuscript Division, Library of
Congress. See also Weichmann, " A True History," 90-93. A photograph of
event purporting to show Booth and his conspirators standing close to the
president may have been misinterpreted. The man standing near Lincoln may
may not be Booth; in some photographs of the scene, he does not look much
like him. However, Powell was in Baltimore at the time, and Herold may
been laid up with a sprained ankle in Piscataway, Maryland. Atzerodt had
spent the previous night rowing across the Potomac. Though he spoke freely
about the activities of his fellow conspirators, Atzerodt never mentioned
their presence at the Capitol that day. See Dorothy Meserve Kunhardt and
Philip B. Kunhardt, Jr., "Twenty Days (New York: Harper and Row, 1965),
PS: For those on the group like me who do not know who he was, Benjamin
French was Commissioner of Public Buildings.
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