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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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Now which way did he go? Always checking on Booth

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Black Friday shopping? Start with this book

When I saw the book was written by Michael Kauffman, I knew I was buying it. He’s that good. “In the Footsteps of an Assassin” details assassin John Wilkes Booth’s escape trail after killing President Lincoln. Kauffman is a longtime … 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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One Destiny is one play not to miss

The ticket is just $5. The play is 35 minutes plus a 10-minute question-answer with the actors. And, you can see the museum, too. But forget all of that. One Destiny at Ford’s Theatre doesn’t need any help to make … 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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I’ll have a John Wilkes Booth sandwich with slaw

Nestled between a liquor store, tire shop and fastfood joint is the only place I know where you can get a John Wilkes Booth or Dr. Mudd sandwich. And no, neither is full of baloney. The Town Mouse Market and … Continue reading

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