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Monday, March 29, 2010


During his sojourn from Chicago to the recent Surratt Society Conference, freelance editor, writer, and historian Steven Miller studied the faces of those crowding airports, planes, and conference rooms, looking for anyone bearing a resemblance to a certain Shakespearean actor who galloped away from Ford's Theater almost 145 years ago. After all, with contemporary Booth sightings reported in as far away as Germany and the South China Sea, one never really knows where he might surface next.

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Friday, March 26, 2010

As I was rudely interrupted by a sudden urge to crawl into bed and go to sleep Wednesday night, Michael Kline's presentation at the Surratt Society Conference had to be divided into two parts. Herein, without further delay is the finale to a great presentation, in which he begins to outline the evidence of a conspiracy to eliminate Abraham Lincoln before he left Baltimore on February 23, 1861 for Washington.

Thursday, March 25, 2010

Was there or was there not a conspiracy afoot in Baltimore to kill Abraham Lincoln on February 23, 1861? Ah! that is the question. It’s a question historians haven't delved into deeply, at least not since Alan Hynd's "Arrival 12:30..." was published in 1967, but a question that fueled Attorney Michael Kline’s quest for a more definitive answer, a quest which ultimately led him through a thin trial of cryptic notes, contemporary newspaper accounts, the shadowy figures of dead men who weren’t talking even while alive, and, ultimately, publication of his findings in "The Baltimore Plot."

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Tuesday, March 23, 2010

After one of snowiest and coldest winters on record for the Washington area, temperatures climbed into the mid to high 70's on Saturday. So why did 92 people chose to pass on the gorgeous weather outside and elect to stay cooped up inside a conference room for an entire day? Although you can't always necessarily figure the weather one to three months in advance, odds were that spring would be in the air. Thus there had to be a pretty darned good reason for people nesting together in a windowless room the third week in March. And there was one, because Saturday was the Surratt Society's annual Lincoln Assassination conference, one of the truly great bargains for people who want a great breakfast and a great lunch to satisfy their tummy's cravings while they listen to the likes of Larry Tagg, Michael Kline, Steven Miller, Andrew Jampoler, Gloria Swift, and Charles Lachman speak on subjects ranging from Abraham Lincoln's low approval ratings, to John Wilkes Booth fleeing to India, to the branches of Lincoln's family tree dying out only three generations later.

Each of the six speakers were interesting enough that each deserves their own individual post. So as not to offend anyone, and because it's only fair, we'll take each in order of their appearance behind the microphone beginning with Larry Tagg, author of 1998's "The Generals of Gettysburg" and the critically acclaimed "The Unpopular Mr. Lincoln," which debuted in 2009, both of which were published by Savas Beattie LLC.

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