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The Surratt Courier
03-27-2021, 05:55 AM
Post: #16
RE: The Surratt Courier
Bill, I feel I should mention one of the books which gets favorable mention in the article. The Private Journal and Diary of John H. Surratt, the Conspirator is listed in the paragraph that begins with, "Of course, there are excellent books and bio’s on the Lincoln conspirators."

John Brennan called that book "a complete forgery and fabrication produced by a diabolical, money-mad, two-bit liar of the vilest hue."

Betty Ownsbey wrote, "Dion Haco's Surratt Diary is what was popularly called "yellow journalism" or a yellow-backed novel" (so called because of the color of the paperback covers) which was supported by the "Penny Dreadful" press - i.e. it was pure spectacular hack fiction sold for profit - not a word of truth in these things."

In a review on Amazon the late Laurie Verge wrote, "As a lifelong student of the Lincoln assassination and the director of the Surratt House Museum in Clinton, MD for the past 35 years, I can assure anyone interested in purchasing any rendition of this so-called "Journal" that it is a fake - yellow journalism published for a quick buck while Surratt was on trial. Please do not be fooled by this fraudulent attempt at history. In my opinion, any reprinting of this does a disservice to history."

The book simply does not belong in the same paragraph as Ownsbey, Kauffman, and Steers. Just my opinion.
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03-28-2021, 11:18 PM
Post: #17
RE: The Surratt Courier
With regard to specific items of content in The Surratt Courier, Laurie Verge was first and foremost a teacher and she never lost that instinct at Surratt House Museum. Her charge to the docents there was to never draw conclusions for our visitors, but provide them with enough information that they would want to read and learn more and become "addicted" (her word) to history. She did the same with the pages of the Courier in order to generate additional discussion and research. Throughout her tenure, the opinions expressed in an article were those of the author, not of Laurie or the Surratt Society. If someone wrote a contrary view, Laurie never hesitated to print that in the first available subsequent issue. Now, in Laurie's absence, our intention is to honor that approach, and for that reason, we are very reluctant to edit an author's article for content. Such was the case here. The article reflected the views and opinions of the author, and not those of the Surratt Society or the editor. In addition, the inclusion or exclusion of certain books in compiling such a list is subjective and may be subject to debate, which is the very thing that Laurie always encouraged (and in which she was never hesitant to be a willing participant).
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06-08-2021, 09:29 PM
Post: #18
RE: The Surratt Courier
The May/June 2021 issue of The Surratt Courier has been posted and is available to all at https://e5ec1477-9120-45b9-bf06-b84967a7...8d664c.pdf . The primary focus of the issue is on Lincoln-assassination conspirator George Atzerodt.
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