Category Archives: Surratt

Frederick Aiken The Attorney – Historians Weigh In

Easy AdSense by Unreal From the moment that the American Film Company released The Conspirator, questions have been raised about the films accuracy regarding the lead counsel, Frederick Aiken. Was he, as FoxNews host Bill O’Reilly would opine, a “pinhead” or … Continue reading

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Lincoln Assassination Books

Here are the five best books for details on the Lincoln Assassination. American Brutus, by Michael W. Kauffman It is a tale as familiar as our history primers: A deranged actor, John Wilkes Booth, killed Abraham Lincoln in Ford’s Theatre, … Continue reading

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Mary Eugenia Surratt (1823-1865)

Convicted Lincoln assassination conspirator Mary Eugenia Jenkins was born in Maryland in 1823. As an adolescent she attended a Catholic seminary for girls in Virginia, but at sixteen she married John Surratt, at least ten years her senior, and in … Continue reading

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On this date: April 24, 1865 – Hancock issues proclamation

On this date, 146 years ago – Maj. Gen. Winfield Scott Hancock ordered the following handbills printed and distributed to free blacks in the communities of Virginia and Maryland along the Potomac River. John Wilkes Booth, President Lincoln’s assassin, and … Continue reading

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Frederick A. Aiken Biography

Sarah Olivia WESTON was born in West Randolph, Orange, Vermont. Educated at home, chiefly under private tuition. She continued her studies in Boston, devoting her attention principally to the classics and history, under the direction of several noted professors at Cambridge, she being the … Continue reading

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‘The Conspirator’ takes in $7 million in ten days

Here are the latest numbers for the first ten days of ‘The Conspirator’ courtesy of the-numbers.com. The film had a budget of $25 million and has now taken in just under $7 million in ten days at the box office. … Continue reading

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Historical Inaccuracies in ‘The Conspirator’

by Jeffrey S. Williams Okay, so we know that the James Solomon/Robert Redford film The Conspirator, now entering its second full weekend, has some inaccuracies to it. What are they? Here are a few obvious ones that I remember from … Continue reading

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‘The Conspirator’ aims for accuracy

By Lewis Beale – Newsday NEW YORK —  On April 12, 1861, Confederate forces fired on Union troops stationed in Fort Sumter, S.C. The barrage marked the opening shots of the Civil War, a national tragedy that killed more than 600,000 people, … Continue reading

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Civil War Sites in Maryland

BY TIMOTHY B. WHEELER Baltimore Sun While the first shots of the Civil War were fired on Fort Sumter in Charleston Harbor in South Carolina, the first blood spilled in fighting occurred in Baltimore on April 19, 1861, when a … Continue reading

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The Conspirator Box Office – Opening Weekend

The numbers are in from “The Conspirator” opening weekend gross. The $25 million budget film for director Robert Redford screened at 707 theaters during the film’s opening weekend. April 15, 2011 – 707 theaters – $1,099,750 total gross ($1,556 per … Continue reading

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