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03-03-2013, 11:16 PM
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Quote:I just saw Killing Lincoln. Not bad! One question I have seen posted or mentioned I think at some point on here is about the Booth autopsy picture. Wonder where it could be? After all Dr. Leale's report turned up as well as a copy of Lincoln's death photo in Illinois. Any thoughts? Thanks-Danny Wes[/font][/size]t-

There is no other relic I'd rather see than the autopsy photo - if it exists. However, I don't believe the story about James A. Wardell. Unfortunately, sections pertaining to the conspirators in Mark Katz's book "Witness to an Era" are filled with unverifiable information. In other instances, claims are either completely fabricated or primary sources are dubious themselves.

For years, I treated the book like a mini-bible regarding Alexander Gardner but not so much anymore.
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03-04-2013, 05:10 AM
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Danny, I do not know the answer to your question. However, I have a guess. One way or another the photo may have ended up in Stanton's hands. We have discussed Stanton's "different" views on death in other threads on the forum. Moreover, Stanton may not have wanted Booth to have the publicity of his post mortem photo being in circulation among the public. He may have thought this was in poor taste and would draw undue attention to the assassin. For one reason or another, it's my guess that Stanton destroyed it. IMO.
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03-04-2013, 10:29 AM
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Stanton's fury with Lincoln's death photo being taken was because the family's wishes were ignored. Mrs. Lincoln was the one who insisted that her husband's photo in death NOT be taken.

Once he heard it had been, Stanton was furious. As we all know, he wrote a scathing letter to Gen. Townsend. But it didn't end there. If I'm not mistaken, Townsend wrote back and insisted that the photo was in good-taste and hardly revealed the President's face. He somewhat pleaded with Stanton to reconsider having it destroyed. Perhaps this is why the Secretary of War kept a copy that was not revealed to the public.

Who knows?

The only statement on an autopsy photo being taken on board the Montauk came from a NY Tribune journalist. However, the journalist was not on the ship and either assumed Gardner's presence meant Booth's photo was taken OR someone told him it was. Either way, we can't be certain.

What the Tribune journalist may not have realize at the time and failed to mention was that Gardner took photos of David Herold and Joao Celestino that day. What was the point of taking the autopsy photo if you were just going to destroy it?
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03-04-2013, 04:05 PM
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(03-03-2013 10:42 PM)Hess1865 Wrote:  
(03-03-2013 06:29 PM)Jim Page Wrote:  Maddie is correct; a month is how long it takes, for me at least, to grow a properly filled-in mustache.

--Jim

Same with my 'stache

Now everyone is going to think I know from experience....Sad

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