Category Archives: On the Trail of John Wilkes Booth

On the Trail of John Wilkes Booth: Edman Spangler grave

Whatever happened to the men and women that conspired to kill Abraham Lincoln? This is Edman Spangler’s story. Spangler worked at Ford’s Theater as a carpenter and scene shifter. He helped set up the President’s box for that evening; moving … Continue reading

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Wordless Wednesday: Rich Hill on Booth’s escape route

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Where John Wilkes Booth crossed the river

  Forget the chicken crossing the road – how John Wilkes Booth crossed the river after assassinating President Abraham Lincoln is equally perplexing? I give Booth tours in Washington, D.C. from the White House to Ford’s Theatre. It’s probably the … Continue reading

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Wordless Wednesday: On the trail of John Wilkes Booth

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Have a drink, kill a president

  Lincoln Assassination What did John Wilkes Booth do the hour before killing Abraham Lincoln? Why, have a drink. Hey, if you’re going to assassinate a president you might want to drink some courage first. Booth spent one hour nursing … Continue reading

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Baptist Alley gets overlooked

I’ve seen several tours of the Lincoln assassination as well as the one I give and one spot that’s often overlooked is Baptist Alley. It’s the rear of Ford’s Theatre where assassin John Wilkes Booth entered and exited. The alley … Continue reading

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Where’s John Wilkes Booth? Let’s go look

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Wordless Wednesday: Found in Dr. Mudd’s barn

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Free Booth-Lincoln assassination tour is Saturday

OK, you’ve eaten plenty and shopped til you dropped. Now it’s time for some exercise, entertainment and education. My final Booth-Lincoln assassination tour until spring is Saturday from 12-1:30 p.m. There’s always room and it’s free (though tips are appreciated.) … Continue reading

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Mary Surratt boarding house now Chinese restaurant

            Mary Surratt was one of four people hanged in the aftermath of Abraham Lincoln’s assassination on April 14, 1865. She was the first woman in U.S. history to be executed despite cries of mercy … Continue reading

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Memories of the Booth-Lincoln assassination tour

Ben Franklin, sewer gas and someone running late – it’s the unexpected that make tours memorable. About 20 people came on my free John Wilkes Booth-Abe Lincoln assassination tour on Saturday. I prefer smaller groups so that number is fine. … Continue reading

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Booth readies at Ford’s Theatre

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Welcome to Baptist Alley and Booth’s plan

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Consider a Lincoln assassination tour

Sometimes I call it a Lincoln assassination tour. Sometimes it’s a John Wilkes Booth tour. The difference is which angle to take, but the information is 90 percent the same. Just depends on what the audience wants. Here’s a taste … Continue reading

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Finally saw The Conspirator

You’d think writing this blog and being a third-cousin of Mary Surratt (and distant cousin of John Wilkes Booth) that I’d have been first in line for The Conspirator. But, I was vacationing in Europe when it opened so Friday … Continue reading

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John Wilkes Booth tour on March 26

  It’s 90 minutes starting at the corner of 6th and Pennsylvania Ave. N.W. (front of the Newseum) on Saturday, March 26 at 1 p.m. (I changed the time because the National Marathon will tie up downtown all morning.) The … Continue reading

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Preview of Mary Surratt movie coming April 15

Conspirator The Movie

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