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DESCRIPTIONThe Conspiracy Theory Behind the Assassination of President Lincoln. By: Megan Devin DE US History John Noel November 26, 2013. Lincoln is Shot! . President Abraham Lincoln was assassinated by John Wilkes Booth in the Ford Theatre on April 14, 1865. - PowerPoint PPT Presentation
The Conspiracy Theory Behind the Assassination of President LincolnBy: Megan DevinDE US HistoryJohn NoelNovember 26, 2013
Lincoln is Shot! President Abraham Lincoln was assassinated by John Wilkes Booth in the Ford Theatre on April 14, 1865.Many people started to ask questions about Booths motives for killing him.
Who Really Killed Lincoln?Many people think that Booth killed Lincoln to get revenge on the Union.But, the suspicious behavior of the secretary of war at the time, Edwin Stanton leads people to believe otherwise.
Suspicious Act #1On the night of the assassination Booth sent Stanton a message at his hotel saying I dont wish to disturb you, but are you at home? J. Wilkes Booth.People believe the reason he sent this may have been because Booth may have been having second thoughts about killing Lincoln.Suspicious Act #2The night of Lincolns assassination, the president requested Stanton if he could have Major Thomas T. Eckert as a bodyguard for the night of the play.Instead of granting the presidents wishes, Stanton sent him an incompetent Washington police officer by the name of John Frederick Parker because Eckert was too busy at the telegraph office.
Suspicious Act #3Lincoln invited General Ulysses Grant to attend the play also. Grant denied the invitation, saying that it was because Mrs. Grant and Mrs. Lincoln were not getting along at the time. Grant would not have turned down Lincolns invitation, and the only other person he would take orders from is Stanton.
Suspicious Act #4After Booth was apprehended, Colonel Everton J. Conger collected his possessions to give to Colonel Lafayette Baker. In these possessions were Booths diary.Baker had strict orders to bring the possessions to Stanton after they were discovered. Conger and Baker counted the number of pages the diary had in it before giving it to Stanton. Suspicious Act #4Contd. Two years later, Attorney General Henry Stanbery tried to make a case against John Surratt (a conspirator of Booth). When he asked Stanton for the diary, he said he would not return it. Finally Stanbery ordered him to give it back, but he found some torn out pages. Stanbery asked Baker and Conger if the diary had missing pages when they got it and they said no. What was in those 18 pages that Stanton ripped out?Suspicious Act #5Scientist Ray Neff found traces of arsenic in Bakers hair.This means that Baker did not die from natural causes, he was murdered. Perhaps Baker thought about speaking out against Stanton, so Stanton killed him to keep him quiet. Pictures
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