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The LINCOLN Conspirators & Assassination - 1865
Source, Reference and Notes: Chapter 15.

 [REF:#1] 
  SURRATT/SARRATT FAMILIES, 1715-1980,
by Laura and Norman H. Sarratt, Ed. 1980, Published by Pioneer Publishing Co., Fresno, CA.
Hardcover; 236 pages, w/ill. 26 cm., Includes Index, Bibliography, pg 192-3;
LC CALL No: CS71.S96251980;
LCCN: 80-146760; DEWEY CLASS No: 929/2/0973 ED: 1980
"Out of Print" See: SFA-REF:#90
 [REF:#2]    "CONFEDERATE COURIER" 1964
by Helen Jones Campbell; Ed. 1964; 301 Pages;
Published by The MacMillan Co., of Canada Limited, 70 Bond Street, Toronto, 2 Canada and St. Martin's Press, 175 5TH. Ave., NY, NY 10010
(The historical trial of Johnny Surratt for the murder of Abraham Lincoln) She also wrote two previous books
The Case For Mrs. Surratt and
Diary of a Williamsburg Hostess.
 [REF:#2b]    The case for Mrs. Surratt, 1943
by Helen Jones Campbell; Pub. G. P. Putnam's Sons, Ed. 1943;
Helen Campbell became interested in Mrs. Surratt's story and spent many years trying to prove her innocence. Helen wrote "The Case for Mary Surratt" in 1943. In this book, Helen states the case that Mary Surratt is indeed not guilty.
Helen moved to Williamsburg and lived in the restored section. She worked as a hostess for Colonial Williamsburg and her experiences there served as the basis of her first book. " Diary of a Williamsburg Hostess".
In the early 1940s, Robert and Helen buy a house in Yorktown near the Moore House.
While living in Yorktown, Helen wrote for the Daily Press. She also wrote for the Richmond Times- Dispatch and the Williamsburg Gazette. She has also written for radio.
It was at this time, World War II began. Helen got involved in York County's war effort. She served as president of county's ration board and later clerk of the York County Selective Service Board.
Helen Campbell was active in the York County Red Cross. She served as a caseworker and assistant to the Executive Secretary.
In 1945, she received specialized training in helping servicemen adjust to returning home.
After the war, Virginia formed the Virginia World War II History Commission. Helen Jones Campbell was chosen to write York County's World War II history.
She spent many hours doing research on York County's World War II years. She collected many documents and statistics about this time in our history. Included in these records were a complete list of York County men who served in the war and what branch of service in which they served. She also had a Gold Star list of York men who died in the war.
These documents as well as the rest of Helen Jones Campbell’s material are in the Swem Library at the College of William and Mary. For some reason the book was never published.
Helen Campbell loved York County history and much research of this history. She spent many hours searching for the seal of the Borough of York. She sent many inquiries of various museums, libraries and colleges across the nation.
She also had put together lists of York County residents who were served in the various wars from the Revolution to World War II.
In 1964, she wrote another book, “Confederate Courier”. This was about another member of the Surratt family who served in the Confederate Signal Corps.
She continued to live in Yorktown until the mid-seventies when she moved in with her daughter in Chester Virginia. She passed away in February of 1979.
 [REF:#3]    The ASSASSINATION of PRESIDENT LINCOLN and THE TRIAL OF THE CONSPIRATORS, 1954
by Benn Pitman, with an introduction by Philip Van Doren Stern;
First printing 1954, 421pg;
First Published: Funk & Wagnalls, New York.
ISBN: 1430497653; ISBN-13: 9781430497653; Format: Paperback, 428pp; Publisher: Kessinger Publishing Company Published Date: January 2007
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 [REF:#4]  Gore Vidal 1985 book   LINCOLN A NOVEL OF AMERICAN HISTORY, 1985
By Gore Vidal, 1st Printing June 1985 by Ballantine Books, Published by Random House, Inc.; Libaray of Congress Catalog Card Number 83-41385
Re-Publisher: Vintage, Dated: February 15, 2000
Paperback: 672 pages; ISBN-10: 0375708766; ISBN-13: 978-0375708763; Product Dimensions: 8 x 5.3 x 1.3 inches; Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds
 Editorial Review: (Amazon.com)
Lincoln is a masterwork of historical fiction, in which Gore Vidal combines a comprehensive knowledge of Civil War America with 20th-century literary technique, probing the minds and motives of the men surrounding Abraham Lincoln, including personal secretary John Hay and scheming cabinet members William Seward and Salmon P. Chase, as well as his wife, Mary Todd. It is a book monumental in scope that never loses sight of the intimate and personal in its depiction of the power struggles that accompanied Lincoln's efforts to preserve the Union at all costs--efforts in which the eradication of slavery was far from the president's main objective. As usual, there's plenty of room for Vidal's wickedly humorous deflation of American icons, including a comic interlude in a Washington bordello in which Lincoln's former law partner informs Hay that Lincoln had contracted syphilis as a young man and had, just before marrying Mary Todd, suffered what can only be described as a nervous breakdown. (Protestors should note that Vidal is only passing along what that former partner had written in his own biography of Lincoln.) Don't be intimidated by the size of Lincoln; if you like historical fiction, you should read this book at the first opportunity. By Ron Hogan
 [REF:#5]    TWENTY DAYS, 1993
By Dorothy Meserve Kunhardt and Philip B. Kunhardt, Jr.; Date Jan. 1993; Publ. Castle Books, a Division of Book Sales, Inc. NY.
ISBN: 1555219756; ISBN-13: 9781555219758; Format: Hardcover, 312pp;
 From the Publisher:
This beautiful book, containing more than 300 illustrations, tells the moving story of twenty fateful days in America's history, from the night of Abraham Lincoln's assassination to the afternoon of his burial in Springfield, Illinois. Includes B&W pictures throughout.
 [REF:#6]   
 [REF:#7]    A CONCISE ENCYCLOPEDIA OF THE CIVIL WAR, 1965
Compiled by Henry E. Simmons;
Ed. 1965, Pub. The Fairfax Press, New York, 221 pg.
Product Details: ISBN: 0517610612; ISBN-13: 9780517610619
Format: Hardcover; Pub. Date: April 1987
 [REF:#8]  Image Not Available   Mrs. Jo Ann Surratt, 1994
Living at: Indian River Point, 1216 Frosty Rd. Chesapeake, VA. 23325-2916,
Packet to this writer May 24, 1994
With Mary E. Trindall, Jun. 1984 survey of Mt. Olivet Cem., Washington DC. for
SURRATT/TONRY Family members.
 [REF:#9]  Image Not Available   Joe Parker, 1995
HeyJoeHere@aol.com,
E-Mail to this writer 19 Aug. 1995
regarding Descendent of Mary E. (Jenkins) SURRATT, (Is HeyJoe's GGGGGAunt.)
 [REF:#10]    Surratt House Museum,
PO Box 427, 9118 Brandywine Road, Clinton MD 20735 – Phone number: 301–868–1121
http://www.surratt.org/index.html The Surratt Home Museum Page,
MRS. SURRATT’S STORY
THE SURRATT FAMILY TREE
PROCEEDINGS OF THE CONSPIRACY TRIAL
 [REF:#11]  Image Not Available   Stories of the JENKINS Family,
http://members.aol.com/GJenk32888/Jenkhom/page3.htm
 Hometown Has Been Shutdown, on Nov 6th 2008!
Maintained by G. Jenkins, gjenk32888@aol.com
 [REF:#12]    Story of Mary Surratt, 1947
by John Patrick
ISBN: 082221086X; ISBN-13: 9780822210863; Format: Paperback, 73pp;
Publisher: Dramatists Play Service, Incorporated;
Edition Description: acting edition; Pub. Date: October 1947
This is a "Play in three acts"
 [REF:#13]  Image Not Available   Case of Mrs. Surratt,
  Her Controversial Trial & Execution for Conspiracy in the Lincoln Assassination, 1954

by Guy W. Moore
Format: Hardcover; 142pp; ISBN-10: 0806102837; ISBN-13: 9780806102832;
Publisher: University of Oklahoma Press
Pub. Date: February 1954
 Editorial Review:
Although this small volume of little more than a hundred pages, which examines the truth of the complicity of Mrs. Surratt in the assassination of President Lincoln, is distinctly a piece of historical research, it should make a wider appeal than merely to scholars of the Civil War period; it should hold interest for the students of political science, and, indeed, for all lovers of justice. Interest in the case cannot, of course, be as keen today as it was at the time of the conspiracy trial, or immediately thereafter when doubts began to be entertained as to her guilt. However, it is never too late to try to establish the truth, and, as far as history can do it, to right a wrong. Unfortunately, the author is able to reach no definite conclusion in regard to the justice of Mrs. Surratt's execution. He is properly careful and objective in weighing evidence, recognizes that second-hand evidence is difficult to evaluate (p, 10, note 42), has checked statements from one source with other sources wherever possible, and accepts the fact that secondary evidence is not definitive. The conclusion reached is cautious: "there was and is a reasonable doubt" (p. 105), and again the author explicitly speaiks of "the death of a woman whose guilt was never more than a guess" (p. 118).
Many questions, which would naturally arise in the mind of the reader, even if the author did not raise them, are still left un-answered, and there is little likelihood—barring the improbable event of the discovery of further documentary proof—that further 'research will resolve these questions. The author has made a thorough investigation of all available materials, both manuscript and printed, as is attested by the footnotes and bibliography.
The organization is simple and straight-forward: the background and life of Mrs. Surratt is given briefly and the dramatis perscnae of the group in her boardinghouse on H Street in Washington introduced.
The involved, protracted controversies ever since her death are reviewed and the evidence produced at the trial painstakingly weighed, upon which evidence the conclusion—so far as a conclusion is drawn is based.
The style is simple and clear and touched with dramatic vividness. Several illustrations are used to dramatize a book so filled with drama that it scarcely needs such a gruesome illustration as the Execution of the Conspirators (facing p. 84).
For those who can enjoy (he newspaper account of the actual execution, a photostat of the "Constitutionul Union" for July 7, 1865 is reproduced (facing p. 116), though in so small a type as to be difficult to decipher. A map of Washington to show the relative location of her house to Ford's Theater and other key points in the drama is mildly helpful. By ELLA LONN, Goucher College
 [REF:#13b]    Day Lincoln Was Shot, 1955 by Jim Bishop
Hardcover: 320 pages; ISBN-10: 0517446499; ISBN-13: 978-0517446492;
Product Dimensions: 8.2 x 5.8 x 1.2 inches; Re-Publisher: Gramercy
Re-Print (August 22, 1984)
Jim Bishop, b. November 21, 1907 Jersey City, NJ., d. 1987, age 80yrs
He was a newspaper columnist and historian. With the publication of The Day Lincoln Was Shot, Bishop's career took a substantial turn for the better. He was offered a syndicated column through the Hearst newspapers, which he wrote until his retirement in 1983.
His book, "A Day in the Life of President Kennedy", was completed ten days before the President was shot and killed, and became a bestseller. He is remembered for his books,
     The Day Lincoln Was Shot (1955)
     A Day in the Life of President Kennedy (1963)
     The Day Kennedy Was Shot (1968)
     The Day Christ Was Born and The Day Christ Died

 [REF:#13c]    Day Lincoln Was Shot, 1985 by Jim Bishop <---Same as Above! 20 pages shorter
Hardcover: 301 pages; ISBN-10: 0517446499; ISBN-13: 978-0517446492
Re-Publisher: Random House Value Publishing, Incorporated Re-Print: August 1984
Gripping, minute-by-minute account of the day President Lincoln was struck down by an assassin's bullet in Ford's Theatre. Parallels of the activities of the President with those of his assassin in an unforgettable, suspense- filled chronicle. 301 pages.
 [REF:#14]    The Judicial Murder of Mary E. Surratt, 1970
by David Miller Dewitt
Format: Hardcover; ISBN: 0403004233
Publisher: Scholarly Press, Incorporated
Pub. Date: January 1970
Format: Library Binding, 259pp; ISBN: 0781261708; ISBN-13: 9780781261708; Publisher: Reprint Services Corporation Series: History of the United States Series; b. Format: Hardcover: Pub. Date: Jul. 1992; c. Format: Paperback; Pub. Date: Jan. 1995; d. Format: Hardcover; Pub. Date: Dec. 2003
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 [REF:#15]    Come Retribution: The Confederate Secret Service and the Assassination of Lincoln, 1988
by William A. Tidwell, James O. Hall, David W. Gaddy
ISBN: 0878053476; ISBN-13: 9780878053476; Format: Hardcover, 510pp; Publisher: University Press of Mississippi; Pub. Date: September 1988
From Our Editors:
More than a history of Confederate intelligence, this book is also a study of one specific covert operation that had an unexpected outcome: the assassination of President Abraham Lincoln. The authors pick up threads leading to a Confederate secret service operation called "Come Retribution"--an operation in which John Wilkes Booth was actively involved--and to a plot to blow up the White House. They also describe how the government's investigation into Lincoln's murder was short-circuited by its own frenzy and by a solid wall of Confederate silence. Painstakingly researched and convincingly presented, Tidwell's arguments support the existence of a Confederate secret service of Byzantine proportions; a bitter, clandestine war waged by the South; and a plot to capture Lincoln that went tragically and uncontrollably awry. B&W photos.
 [REF:#15b]    Come Retribution: The Confederate Secret Service and the Assassination of Lincoln, 1996
by William A. Tidwell, James O. Hall (With), David Winfred Gaddy
ISBN: 0760703817; Format: Hardcover - Only From B&N Books, 510pp; Publisher: Barnes & Noble Books;
Pub. Date: December 1996
(Same as Sep. 1988..prs)

 [REF:#15c]    Come Retribution: The Confederate Secret Service and the Assassination of Lincoln, 2001
Co-Authored: by William A. Tidwell, James O. Hall, David W. Gaddy
ISBN: 0878053484; ISBN-13: 9780878053483
Format: Paperback, 510pp
Publisher: University Press of Mississippi,
Pub. Date: November 2001
(Same as Sep. 1988..prs)
 [REF:#16]    The Lincoln Murder Conspiracies, 1989
by William Hanchett
ISBN: 0252013611; ISBN-13: 9780252013614; Format: Paperback, 328pp Publisher: University of Illinois Press; Edition Description: Reprint
Pub. Date: September 1989
Other books from this Author:
a. Out of the Wilderness: The Life of Abraham Lincoln by William Hanchett Format: Paperback; Pub. Date: February 1994
b. Out of the Wilderness: The Life of Abraham Lincoln by William Hanchett, Hanchett; Format: Hardcover; Pub. Date: May 1994
c. The Great American Myth George S. Bryan, William Hanchett (Introduction); Format: Paperback; Pub. Date: April 1995
d. Day Lincoln Was Shot: An Illustrated Chronicle Richard Bak, William Hanchett (Foreword by); Format: Hardcover; Pub. Date: February 1998
 [REF:#17]    Lincoln's Assassins: A Complete Account of Their Capture, Trial, and Punishment, 1990
by Roy Z. Chamlee
Product Details: ISBN: 0899504205; ISBN-13: 9780899504209; Format: Hardcover, 634pp;
Publisher: McFarland & Company, Incorporated Publishers; Pub. Date: January 1990
Review the Publisher: A stunning compilation of research into War Department files, pretrial and trial testimony (the actual words), newspaper accounts and manuscript collections. Powerful Cabinet members, popular generals and forceful politicians were involved in this legal conflict. This volume probes the background and character of everyone involved.
 [REF:#18]    Memoirs of a Lincoln Conspirator, 1995
by by Samuel Bland Arnold; Editor: Michael W. Kauffman
ISBN: 0788403672; ISBN-13: 9780788403675; Format: Paperback, 223pp; Publisher: Heritage Books, Inc. MD. First Published 1995
2nd ISBN: 0788403672 2nd Published Date: January 2006
 [REF:#19]    Mary Surratt: An American Tragedy, 1996
Elizabeth Steger Trindal, Mary E. Trindal
ISBN: 1565541855; ISBN-13: 9781565541856; Format: Hardcover, 304pp; Publisher: Pelican Publishing Company, Incorporated; Pub. Date: April 1996
From Midwest Book Review: Elizabeth (Steger) Trindal has chronicled this almost forgotten figure in a key incident in what proved to be virtually the last days of the American civil war. Mary Surratt: An American Tragedy is a moving account eliciting new debate on the subject of Lincoln's assassination in the closing days of the civil war. It offers new perspectives based on painstaking research over many years. Mary Surratt is absorbing reading from a gifted writer.
Elizabeth (Steger) Trindal is a free-lance writer who lives [ now 1996] in Edinburg, Shenandoah Co., Virgina. She was recently [1996] awarded first place in nonfiction in the Shenandoah Valley Writers' Guild competion She is a member of the "National League of American Pen Women". Married to Wesley Trindal, has 1 son Joseph William Trandal. [per Bk Jacket Cover]
 [REF:#20]    Not Guilty, 1997
by George E. Sullivan
Paperback; ISBN: 0590897497
Series: Scholastic Biography Series; Children: Age Range: 12 and up
Pub. Date: December 1997
Publisher: Scholastic, Inc. Age Range: 12 and up Series: Scholastic Biography Series From the Publisher;
In the nation's justice system, innocent people are occasionally convicted. This riveting book describes many such cases, including the execution of Mary Surratt for involvement in Abraham Lincoln's assassination. Includes photos.
 [REF:#21]    Will We Save Ourselves, 1999
by James O. Hall; Hardcover, 277pp; ISBN: 0967121159
Publisher: Dallin Publishing Company; Pub. Date: April 1999
 [REF:#22]    Mary Surratt "Lincoln Assassination" Trial: A Headline Court Case, 2001
by Bryna J. Fireside
Format: Hardcover, 128pp; ISBN: 0766014819; ISBN-13: 9780766014817;
Publisher: Enslow Publishers, Incorporated; Series: Headline Court Cases Series;
Pub. Date: June 2001
Children's Literature; At 7:22 a.m., April 15, 1865, President Abraham Lincoln succumbed to the effects of a bullet fired into his brain by John Wilkes Booth. The following July 7, Mary Surratt became one of four Americans hung for the capitol offense of conspiring to assassinate President Lincoln. From that July day onwards, controversy has swirled about Mrs. Surratt's trial, conviction and execution. Was Mary Surratt an active plotter in Abraham Lincoln's demise or merely an innocent landlady? Did this Maryland native knowingly conspire to commit one of the most heinous acts in American history or was she simply in the wrong place at the wrong time? Were her declarations of her own innocence up to the moment of death rationalizations or the truth? These and other questions are presented and addressed in this volume of the "Headline Court Cases" series. As is the case with other books in this clearheaded legal series, the Surratt trial is well handled. Ample background is provided regarding the Lincoln assassination as well as earlier plots and attempts on the President's life. Mary Surratt's life experiences and political beliefs are outlined in a capable manner. The military trial that resulted in Mary Surratt's conviction is carefully reconstructed and analyzed. Ultimately, Mary Surratt died for the crime of treason. Whether or not that was a just result is uncertain. However, this well-developed, ably researched and cleverly illustrated book does an excellent job of detailing this historic legal case. 2001, Enslow, $20.95. Ages 12 up. Reviewer: Greg M. Romaneck
 [REF:#23a]  by Dion Haco, 1866   The Private Journal and Diary of John H. Surratt, the Conspirator - 1866
Edited & Arranged by Dion Haco, Esq. Published 1866, by F.A. Brady, NY., 140 pages
LCCN: 12019115; LC: E457.5 .S96; OCLC: 3981355
Review: Once the Civil war ended in 1865 the South was a beaten and depressed land, but there were still factions loyal to the South that fought on. One of these cells of insurgency was headed by noted actor John Wilkes Booth. His companion was John H. Surratt, who kept a detailed and honest journal of the post-war months as he and the rest of the conspirators — including Surratt’s mother — plotted the ultimate act of treachery: the assassination of the president. Now, for the first time since 1866, Surratt’s diary and journal, as edited by Dion Haco, Esq., is available for modern readers to enjoy and learn from. Complete Book On-Line
 [REF:#23b]    Trial of John H. Surratt in the Criminal Court for the District of Columbia - 1867
Hos. George P. FISHER, Presiding
Vol. I., Washington: French & Richardson; Published J.B/ Lippincott & Co., Philadelphia 1867
ISBN-10: 1584779047; ISBN-13: 978-1584779049;
Trial of John H. Surratt in the Criminal Court for the District of Columbia, Hon. George P. Fisher presiding. Washington: Government Printing Office, 1867. 2 Vols. Paged continuously. 728; iii; 729-1383 pp.
Re-Printed 2008 by The Lawbook Exchange, Ltd. ISBN-13: 978-1-58477-904-9. ISBN-10: 1-58477-904-7. Cloth.
Reprint of the Trial in the Criminal Court of the District of Columbia, sitting for the trial of crimes and misdemeanors, June-August-1867. Surratt [1844-1916] was one of John Wilkes Booth's co-conspirators, along with five others. This group's original plan was to kidnap Lincoln and trade him for a large number of Confederate prisoners. Surratt fled to Italy after the assassination, but he was identified in 1866 and extradited. Surratt was tried in a civilian court of the District of Columbia, instead of a military one as his mother had been. (She was convicted as a co-conspirator and was the first woman executed by the Federal government.) Surratt's attorney admitted Surratt's part in plotting to kidnap, but not murder, the president. Surratt was ultimately released after a mistrial. The government attempted to retry him, but the statute of limitations thwarted this plan. $350.00 from The Lawbook Exchange, Ltd. (USA) or Google Book on-Line!
 [REF:#23c]  Thomas Mealey Harris, 1892 Book   Assassination of Lincoln; a History of the Great Conspiracy; - 1892
Part II (p. 227-419) Review of the trial of John H. Surratt.
By Thomas Mealey Harris Published 1892, by American Citizen Company
Paperback: 420 pages Re-Publisher: Heritage Books, Oct 1989
ISBN-10: 1556132301; ISBN-13: 978-1556132308
Product Dimensions: 20.3 x 13 x 3.6 cm
By A Military Commission And A Review Of The Trial Of John H. Surratt.
 [REF:#23d]    Travels, Arrest and Trial of John H. Surratt, 2003
by: by Alfred Isacsson
ISBN-10: 0971019746; ISBN-13: 9780971019744; Format: Paperback; 43pp; Publisher: Vestigium Press;
Pub. Date: February 2003 or July 4, 2003
Product Dimensions: 8.3 x 5.4 x 0.2 inches; Shipping Weight: 2.4 ounces
 About the Author: Alfred Isacsson has spent much of his adult life researching John Surratt and his part in the Lincoln Conspiracy. This small volume (43 pages) is the final effort of this work.

 Editorial Review: "The Travels, Arrest and Trial of John H. Surratt" tells of the complicity of John Surratt in the aborted kidnap attempt of Abraham Lincoln. He was on a mission in Canada for the Confederate Secret Service when the president was killed. Surratt fled to Canada, England and the Papal States because he was wanted for complicity in the assassination. He became a Zouave in the army of the Papal States but was betrayed by a fellow soldier. After fleeing from his captors, he was finally apprehended in Egypt, returned to the United States and placed on trial. When he could not be convicted, he finally was freed.
 [REF:#24]    Mystery of Mary Surratt: The Plot to Kill President Lincoln, 2004
by: Rebecca C. Jones
ISBN: 087033560X; ISBN-13: 9780870335600; Format: Paperback, 96pp; Publisher: Cornell Maritime Press, Inc.;
Pub. Date: September 2004 Children's Book, Age Range: 8 to 12
Children's Literature - Susan Hepler, Ph.D.
This highly readable account of participants and events leading up to and following the assassination of President Lincoln invites readers to consider whether Mary Surratt was guilty as charged. Jones musters evidence on both sides and provides numerous quotes from primary sources woven seamlessly into the lively narrative. Illustrations include contemporary photos of the conspirators and of the Surratt family members, newspaper accounts and wanted posters, and newspaper drawings and etchings depicting incidents. In an interesting epilogue that recaps some of the text, Jones tells what happened next to each primary participant. An author's note acknowledges sources while a separate section recommends websites and several other books to learn more, including Jones's own account of Lincoln's murder in The President Has Been Shot: True Stories of the Attacks on Ten U.S. Presidents. Young readers can't fail to be engaged by this compelling story and to wonder if Surratt knew what she was getting into or was merely an innocent bystander. 2004, Tidewater Publishers, Ages 9 to 14.
The Mystery of Mary Surratt is a true story about the Maryland woman who was convicted and hanged in 1865 for her alleged part in the assassination of Abraham Lincoln. For more than a century, history buffs have argued about her true role. Some claim she knew nothing about John Wilkes Booth's plan to shoot Lincoln and other top government leaders. Others insist she knowingly helped Booth and might even have masterminded the whole plot. This book lays out the facts in a narrative that lets young readers draw their own conclusions.
Author Rebecca C. Jones researched the book at the Surratt House library in Clinton, Maryland, where she read letters, old newspapers, diary entries, and other sources. She also followed the Booth escape route, interviewed researchers, and found a diary written by a woman who was in the Old Capitol Prison with Mary Surratt.
The book is aimed at middle-schoolers, but is accessible to fourth graders studying Maryland history. It should help students develop critical thinking skills as they decide for themselves whether Mary Surratt was guilty or innocent.
2004. Grades 4 to 8. 80 pp. Illustrations. Bibliography. Index. 7 × 9. Paper. 978-0-87033-560-0. $9.95
Rebecca C. Jones's HomePage:
http://www.childrensbookguild.org/jones.html
 [REF:#25]    Lincoln's Assassins: Their Trial and Execution: An Illustrated History, 2006
by James L. Swanson, Daniel R. Weinberg, Daniel Weinberg
Product Details: ISBN: 0061237612; ISBN-13: 9780061237614; Format: Hardcover, 160pp;
Publisher: Harper Collins Publishers; Pub. Date: October 2006
 Editorial Review: In retrospect, the assassination of Abraham Lincoln seems almost like a scene from a movie or play: On Good Friday, 1865, only days after the surrender of the main Confederate force, the president is fatally shot by a single assassin as he attends the theater. Lincoln's Assassins by James Swanson and Daniel Weinberg tracks what happened after that single shot: the escape; the chase; the killing of John Wilkes Booth; and the trial and execution of his co-conspirators. This giant pictorial places the reader in the midst of these jarring events as they were experienced by Lincoln's contemporaries, reliving those tense dramas in photographs, letters, and memorabilia. The shock of history palpably felt.
 [REF:#26]    The Surratt Revelation, 2006
by: Don Moore
Format: Paperback; ISBN-10: 1424135494; ISBN-13: 9781424135493; Format: Paperback, 348pp; Publisher: Publish America;
Pub. Date: December 2006
Synopsis:
The surprise discovery in Washington of two new pictures of the Lincoln conspirators stirs ripples worldwide. Within days, the Catholic Church, the Israeli Mossad, and a new right-wing American political party are involved. A young researcher finds herself in the midst of killings, threats and deadly intrigue in Washington and Rome. The old question surfaces again-who was really behind the Lincoln killing? The U.S. administration teeters on the brink of indecision and chaos as historic and cultural influences worldwide clash in a heady mix.
 This book is a complete "FICTION" of the story of Mrs. Mary E. (Jenkins) SURRATT and her family. The Author's story line & language is written for the 16 or 17 year old youngesters of a present day ghetto. All the today SURRATT family members, must be humiliated by this farce of history telling. by Paul R. Sarrett, Jr. , Pres. Sarratt/Sarrett/Surratt Families of America (SFA)© prsjr@att.net
 [REF:#27]    Why Was Lincoln Murdered?, 2007
by: Otto Eisenschiml (1880-1963, age 83yrs)
Format: Paperback, 512 pages; Product Dimensions: 8.3 x 5.5 x 1.3 inches,
ISBN-10: 1406776149; ISBN-13: 978-1406776140;
Re-Print Publisher: Gleed Press; Re-Pub. Date: March 15, 2007;
(Was first Pub. 1937 by Little, Brown, & Company)

Otto Eisenschiml (June 16, 1880 – December 7, 1963) was an Austrian-born chemist and industrial executive in the American oil industry, and a controversial author. He may be best known for his provocative 1937 book on the assassination of Abraham Lincoln in which he proposed that a senior member of Lincoln's Cabinet orchestrated the plot to kill the president.
He became a student of American history, with a particular fascination for the Abraham Lincoln assassination. He began researching the murder in 1928, but was not satisfied with the prevailing account that John Wilkes Booth was the mastermind of the plot. In 1937, his signature work, Why was Lincoln Murdered?, was published to mixed reviews and a national furor. The resulting publicity resulted in good sales volumes. In it, he postulated that the Secretary of War, Edwin M. Stanton had plotted to kill Lincoln due to marked political and personal differences. He used circumstantial evidence to build his case, including Stanton's hiring of a bodyguard named John Parker to protect the president (Parker was temporarily absent when assassin Booth entered the presidential box at Ford's Theater).
Eisenschiml also speculated that Stanton had deliberately left one key bridge across the Potomac River open, the same bridge Booth actually used to escape, and that he ordered Booth to be shot and killed by the Union Army. Another controversial suggestion was that Stanton tore several incriminating pages from Booth's diary. The book sparked other books and conspiracy theories, as well as some films. His theories have become popularly known as the "Eisenschiml Thesis," but have generally been discredited by leading historians, including James O. HALL, (below)
See: Google Books on-Line
   Was their a Larger Conspiracy?
 The assassination of Abraham Lincoln, like most American assassinations, has produced a number of controversies. Among these have been charges that the Radical Republicans used the president's death to institute their own harsh brand of reconstruction and may even have engineered Lincoln's murder to advance their purposes.
The movie and book, "The Lincoln Conspiracy," are merely the latest in a long line of sensational works which have suggested that our sixteenth president died as the result of a wide-ranging conspiracy.
The following believe as per Mr. Otto Eisenschiml (above)
     "The Judicial Murder of Mary E. Surratt" (Baltimore: John Murphy, 1895);
     "The Assassination of Abraham Lincoln and Its Expiation" by David M. DeWitt, (New York: MacMillan, 1909)
     "In the Shadow of Lincoln's Death" (New York: Wilfred Funk, 1940);
     "Mask For Treason" by Vaughan Shelton, (Harrisburg: Stackpole Books, 1965).
     "The Lincoln Conspiracy" by David Balsiger and Charles E. Sellier, Jr.,(Los Angeles Schick Sunn Classic Books, 1977),
     "The Lincoln Conspiracy" the movie released by Schick Sunn Classic Pictures, 1977.
 [REF:#30]    The Last Lincoln Conspirator: John Surratt's Flight from the Gallows, 2008
by Andrew C. A. Jampoler (Author)
ISBN-10: 1591144078; ISBN-13: 978-1591144076; Format: Hardcover, 288pp; Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 6.3 x 1.1 inches; Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds; Publisher: Naval Institute Press; illustrated edition edition
Pub. Date: October 15, 2008
About the Author:
ANDREW C.A. JAMPOLER is also the author of the award-winning book Adak as well as Sailors in the Holy Land. After retiring from the U.S. Navy, he became a sales and marketing executive in the international aerospace industry. Now a resident of Loudoun County, VA, he has been writing full time for a decade
Editorial Reviews:
Despite all that has been written about the April 1865 assassination of President Abraham Lincoln, the story of John Surratt--the only conspirator who got away--remains untold and largely unknown. The capture and shooting of John Wilkes Booth twelve days after he shot Lincoln is a well-known and well-covered story. The fate of the eight other accomplices of Booth has also been widely written about. Four, including Surratt's mother, Mary, were convicted and hanged, and four were jailed. John Surratt alone managed to evade capture for twenty months and escape punishment once he was put on trial. In this tale of adventure and mystery, Andrew Jampoler tells what happened to that last conspirator, who after Booth's death became the most wanted man in America. As the first full-length treatment of Surratt's escape, capture, and trial, the book provides fascinating details about his flight from New York, where he was on a Confederate spy mission scouting the huge Union prisoner of war camp in Elmira, through eastern Canada to a hideout in Liverpool, England, and on to France and the Papal States. His twenty-month flight, including nearly one year of enlisted service in the Papal Zouaves (the pope's army), is a remarkable adventure through mid-century Europe and locations unknown to most Americans of the time. Despite an uncontrollable tendency to babble to strangers about who he really was and what he had done, Surratt, frequently sheltered by sympathetic Roman Catholic priests, managed to stay at large during a flight that took him across three continents and over the Atlantic Ocean and half the Mediterranean Sea. Finally caught in Alexandria, Egypt, he was returned to Washington to stand trial in 1867.
Jampoler brings Surratt to life as he traces the wily young man's remarkable journey and the bitter legal proceedings against him that bizarrely led to his freedom. After his trial, Surratt lived out his life peacefully in Baltimore, marrying a relative of Francis Scott Key and dying at the age of seventy-two. The book's cast of characters includes a menagerie of the nineteenth century's most colorful personalities.
 [REF:#31]    The Assassin's Accomplice: Mary Surratt and the Plot to Kill Abraham Lincoln, 2008
by Kate Clifford Larson (Author)
ISBN-10: 0465038158; ISBN-13: 978-0465038152; Format: Hardcover, 288pp; Product Dimensions: 9.2 x 6.2 x 1 inches; Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds; Publisher: Basic Books
Pub. Date: June 2, 2008
About the Author:
Kate Clifford Larson is an Adjunct Professor of History at Simmons College. She received her doctorate from the University of New Hampshire and is the author of Bound for the Promised Land: Harriet Tubman, Portrait of an American Hero. Larson is a consultant for both the Harriet Tubman Special Resource Study of the National Park Service, as well as for the Harriet Tubman Underground Railroad Discovery Center. She was a Mary Catherine Mooney Fellow at the Boston Athenaeum, and lives in Winchester.
Editorial Reviews:
Kate Clifford Larson details the enormous risks Mary Elizabeth Jenkins Surratt undertook in assisting the fetching young actor John Wilkes Booth, her own son John Surratt, and other young men in their plot to kill Abraham Lincoln. Mary Elizabeth Jenkins Surratt, a 43 year old widow, devout Catholic, boardinghouse owner, and Confederate sympathizer, was executed for her role in the plot to kill Abraham Lincoln, becoming the first woman executed by the United States government.
 Larson has found long-lost interviews, confessions, and court testimony, and her book, The Assassins Accomplice: Mary Surratt and the Plot to Kill Abraham Lincoln, illuminates Surratt's central role in cultivating and nurturing the nefarious plan to kill Lincoln and avenge her beloved Confederacy. Larson also reveals how, by remaining at large in Canada, John Surratt helped condemn his own mother to the gallows.
 (Larson, contends that Mrs. Mary E. (Jenkins) SURRATT, was "Guilty as Charged" but, did she deserved to be "Hanged" for her crimes? ..prs)

  Watch video of Kate Clifford Larson, Speech at The Boston Athenaeum, on November 25, 2008 of Mary (Jenkins) SURRATT Plot to Kill Abraham Lincoln.
From Publishers Weekly:
Was Mary Surratt an accomplice in Lincoln's assassination and justly sent to the scaffold? Larson freshly tackles these questions in this spirited narrative, mining just about every shred of evidence. While having started out believing in her subject's innocence, she ends up convinced that Surratt was guilty of joining John Wilkes Booth's plot to kill the president. Less sure, however, that Surratt should have swung from the gallows, Larson (Bound for the Promised Land) leaves this deeply freighted moral question open, as it should be. The tale itself could not be better told, nor could the cast of characters be brought more to life. What mars the work is Larson's maddening, anachronistic use of Mary to name her subject (no Abe for Lincoln here, no John for Booth) and her missing the chance to draw out the implications of the role of Surratt—a widow in an otherwise all-male plot—for our understanding of women's place in her day. But it's now up to those who still think Surratt innocent to prove Larson wrong. They'll be hard put to do so. Illus., maps. (June) Copyright © Reed Business Information, a division of Reed Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.
 [REF:#32]    The Catholics and Mrs. Mary Surratt:
 How They Responded to the Trial and Execution of the Lincoln Conspirator, 2008

by Kenneth J. Zanca (Author)
ISBN-10: 0761840230; ISBN-13: 978-0761840237; Format: Paperback, 181pp; Product Dimensions: 9 x 5.9 x 0.5 inches; Publisher: University Press of America; Pub. Date: February 28, 2008
 Editorial Reviews: SURRATT was convicted in 1865 of conspiracy to kidnap and/or kill Abraham Lincoln and members of his cabinet, and became the first American woman to receive a federal death sentence. Most authors have investigated her guilt or innocence, which is far from clear, but Zanca (religious studies, Marymount College, California), noting that she had converted to Catholicism, explores the reaction to the case of other Catholics in the US. He draws on public statements and such private evidence as letters, diaries, and reported conversation, and places their reactions within the overall history of Catholics in a country founded on Puritanism. ([c]20082005 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR)
 

    James O. Hall, dec'd (1912-2007 age95yrs)
Amateur historian, dead at 95, debunked Lincoln conspiracy theories Source: Andrew Ferguson in the Wall Street Journial (5-25-07) ... Following a career with the Labor Department -- he retired in the early 1970s -- Mr. Hall turned himself into the world's foremost authority on the assassination of Abraham Lincoln. Historians, pros and amateurs alike, sought him out for his knowledge and access to his exhaustive files. As one of them put it, James O. Hall knew more about Lincoln's murder than anyone who ever lived, including John Wilkes Booth.
Uncorrupted by graduate degrees, with no thought of professional advancement, Mr. Hall exemplified a tradition in the study of American history, particularly in the Lincoln field, where the most interesting writing and research is often done by hobbyists. It's been this way from the beginning. Until the middle of the last century, all the great Lincoln biographers made their livings outside the university -- journalists like Ida Tarbell and free-lance enthusiasts like Benjamin Thomas produced biographies that were beautifully written and filled with news. Even now, dozens of Lincoln or Civil War roundtables flourish, and many of them publish quirky newsletters in which members let drop bits of recondite research or boldly advance new theories. While other areas of academic research have shriveled into hyperspecialization, the amateur tradition has kept the Lincoln field blessedly free of the guild mentality that can make academic history seem the dreary province of pedants and bullies.
Amateurism does have its lapses, as Mr. Hall well knew. Growing up on the Oklahoma frontier, he had listened as a boy to the old men swapping stories of their service in the Civil War. After his own service in World War II, Mr. Hall picked up a book by a chemist named Otto Eisenschiml. "Why Was Lincoln Murdered?" -- published in 1937 -- was thought for many years to be the definitive account of the assassination. As a historian Eisenschiml was a marvelous chemist, transmuting half-truths and shards of random evidence into a seemingly plausible case that Lincoln's Secretary of War, Edwin Stanton, had masterminded the president's death.
"I started to read the book," Mr. Hall told me once, "and I thought, Good God!'" He could scarcely believe that investigators in 1865 had failed to uncover a conspiracy so immense as the one Eisenschiml proposed. "I decided I'd poke around on my own." The rest -- pardon the expression -- is history. Mr. Hall plunged into the transcript of the conspirators' trial, pored over contemporary accounts in newspapers, diaries and letters, and pieced together the notes taken by the original investigators. Eisenschiml's book is now just a historical curiosity, thanks in large part to Mr. Hall's meticulous debunking....
He recounted this story one afternoon several years ago, in the living room of his apartment in McLean, Va. Widowed and living alone, he rolled from kitchen to bedroom to office in a wheelchair. But his courtesy and generosity were undiminished. An amateur myself, I had come to chase down the truth about Samuel Mudd, the country doctor who had mended Booth's broken leg after the assassination and was later convicted as a conspirator. Mudd has long been cast as a victim of popular hysteria and prosecutorial bloodlust.
Mr. Hall rolled alongside his massed rank of filing cabinets, each drawer marked with the name of an assassination figure, pulling out files. "You need to start to piece the case together yourself," he said. He had me arrange the folders -- stuffed with old Photostats, handwritten notes, pages torn from notebooks -- in teetering stacks on his desk. Mr. Hall was far from a Mudd defender ("He was in it up to his eyeballs," he finally told me), but he wanted me to find out on my own. That's how he'd done it, he said.
"I had to teach myself genealogy," he said. "Not because I liked genealogy, but because it's how you find things that have been lost." Over the years, he tried to trace the descendants of everyone even remotely tied to the assassination. When he found a new great-granddaughter or the grandson of a nephew, he politely peppered that person with letters and phone calls, asking the descendant to rummage through attics -- or offering, even better, to do it himself. His industry never flagged, and it led him to some of his greatest discoveries. In a dusty cubby in a forgotten archive, Mr. Hall made one of the major Lincoln finds of the past 50 years: a letter of self-justification Booth wrote the morning of the murder.
Typically, in 1977, Mr. Hall chose to publish this astonishing find in the Lincoln Log, a newsletter for buffs. Its circulation was minuscule compared with the slick magazines -- National Geographic or American Heritage -- that would have loved to showcase such a find and maybe make its discoverer famous. But Mr. Hall was without professional vanity; that's what it means to be an amateur, after all.
At the end of his life, Mr. Hall treated his vast archives with the same modesty and discretion. At least two well-endowed universities made a play for the contents of his file cabinets. Instead, he gave them to the small, homespun Surratt House museum, once the country home of the Lincoln conspirator Mary Surratt and a favorite gathering place for buffs. With a single stroke, he transformed the museum into the Alexandrian library of assassination studies. It was a gesture of confidence and fellow feeling, made to all amateur historians from the best of their kind.
Mr. Ferguson is the author of "Land of Lincoln: Adventures in Abe's America," just published by Atlantic Monthly Press.
By ANDREW FERGUSON Obit. Posted on Monday, May 28, 2007 at 4:50 PM.
See: The Story of Mary SURRATT, by James O. Hall, for the "Surratt Society Publication" Dated July 1977 (Chap 1, 1)
See: The Story of Mary SURRATT, by James O. Hall, for the "Surratt Society Publication" Dated Aug. 1977 (Chap 2, 15)
See: The Mary SURRATT House, by James O. Hall, for the "The History Div." MD NCP & Planning Commission 1979 (Chap 2, 13)
See: Lincoln & the Baltimore Riots, by James O. Hall, for the "Surratt Courier" May 1989 (Chap 7, 21)

  Some Booth & Lincoln, books' Source & Bibliography: Alphabetized by Author:
 Author  Title  Date
 Anderson, David D.,  ed., Lincoln, Abraham, The Literary Works of ABRAHAM LINCOLN,  (1970);
 Anderson, Dwight G.,  ABRAHAM LINCOLN: The Quest for Immortality  (1982);
 Basler, Roy P.,  ed., Lincoln, Abraham, The Collected Works of ABRAHAM LINCOLN, 9 Vols.  (1953-55);
 Beveridge, Albert J.,  ABRAHAM LINCOLN, 1809-1858, 2 vols.  (1928; 1971);
 Clarke, Asia,  The Unlocked Book: A Memoir of JOHN WILKES BOOTH, by His Sister  (1938);
 Cottrell, John,  Anatomy of an Assassination, (Booth Only)  (1968)
 Current, Richard N.,  The Lincoln Nobody Knows  (1958; 1963);
 Current, Richard N.,  Lincoln the President, 4th Vol. Only  pg 145-55
 Donald, David,  Lincoln Reconsidered, 2d ed.  (1961);
 Eisenschiml, Otto,  Why Was Lincoln Murdered? pub. by Little, Brown, & Company.  (1937; 2007
 Fehrenbacher, Don E.,  Prelude to Greatness  (1962; 1970)
 Fehrenbacher, Don E.,  compiler, The Leadership of ABRAHAM LINCOLN  (1970);
 Fehrenbacher, Don E.,  ABRAHAM LINCOLN: Speeches and Writings, 2 vols.  (1989);
 Handlin, Oscar & Lilian,  ABRAHAM LINCOLN and the Union  (1980);
 Kimmel, Stanley,  The Mad BOOTHs of Maryland, 2d ed.  (1969);
 Mitgang, Herbert,  ed., ABRAHAM LINCOLN: A Press Portrait  (1989);
 Oates, Stephen B.,  ABRAHAM LINCOLN: The Man Behind the Myth  (1985);
 Poore, Benjamin Ferley,  (ed.) "The Conspiracy Trial for the Murder of the President, and the Attempt to Overthrow the Government by the Assassination of Its Principal Officers" 3 vols., Boston: J. E. Tilton and Company  (1865-1866);
 Randall, James G.,  Lincoln the President, 4 vols.  
 Ruggles, Eleanor,   Prince of Players: John W. BOOTH,  (1953)
 Sandburg, Carl,  ABRAHAM LINCOLN: The Prairie Years, 2 vols.  (1926);
 Sandburg, Carl,  ABRAHAM LINCOLN: The War Years, 4 vols.  (1939);
 Samples, Gordon,  Lust for Fame John W. BOOTH  (1982);
 Shattuck, Charles H.,  The Hamlet of Edwin BOOTH  (1969);
 Skinner, Otis,  The Last Tragedian John W. BOOTH  (1939);
 Thomas, Benjamin P.,  ABRAHAM LINCOLN: A Biography  (1952);
 Thomas, John L.,  Ed., ABRAHAM LINCOLN & the American Political Tradition  (1986).
 Winter, William,  Life and Art of Edwin BOOTH  (1894; 1973).

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 Chap.#  F.Name  L.Name  b.-d.  Subject
 01.  Abraham  Lincoln  1809-1865  Subject Profile
 02.  John W.  Booth  1838-1865  Assassin Profile
 03.  John W.  Booth  1838-1865  Pursuit, Death & Burial
 04.  The  Conspirators     Trial of the Assassins
 05.  Samuel B.  Arnold  1834-1906  Conspirator Profile
 06.  George T.  Atzerodt  1832-1865  Assassin Profile
 07.  David  Herold  1844-1865  Assassin Profile
 08.  Samuel A.  Mudd  1833-1933  Conspirator Profile
 09.  Michael  O'Laughlin  1840-1867  Assassin Profile
 10.  Lewis T.  Powell  18??-1865  Assassin Profile
 11.  Edward "Ned"  Spangler  18??-18??  Conspirator Profile
 12.  Mary E. (Jenkins)  SURRATT  1817-1865  Assassin Profile
 12.b  Mary E. (Jenkins)  SURRATT  1817-1865  Genealogy, Family Profile!©
 12.c  E.S. Anna  SURRATT  1843-1904  Genealogy, Family Profile!©
 13.  John H., Jr.  SURRATT  1844-1916  Conspirator Profile
 13.1  John H., Jr.  SURRATT  1844-1916  1870 Lecture
 13.2  John H., Jr.  SURRATT  1844-1916  Genealogy, Family Profile!©
 14.  The  Conspirators     End of Nightmare for the Doomed!
 15.  The  Conspirators     Notes & Reference (this File!)

Paul R. Sarrett, Jr. President of Sarratt/Sarrett/Surratt Families of America (SFA)© These records are part of the "Genealogy Computer Package" *** PC-PROFILE *** Volume - II. Sarratt/Sarrett/Surratt Family Profile© Compiled and self Published in Oct. 31, 1989 by Paul R. Sarrett, Jr. with the assistance of my late mother
Mrs. M. Lucille (WILSON) SARRETT (1917-1987) The SFA "Work-Books" were compiled by "States" listing the various families, born, married, died, and a history of that family branch. In 1996 I started "Up-Loading" this material on the Sarratt/Sarrett/Surratt Families of America (SFA)© site. ..prs
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