About the Blog:
The story is a well known one: On April 14th, 1865, President Abraham Lincoln was shot while attending a play at Ford’s Theatre in Washington D.C. His death the next morning was viewed as the great sacrifice of the leader who had pulled the nation through a bloody civil war. Instantly, and appropriately, Lincoln became an American saint. He gave his last, full measure for the country and was struck down just after completing his goal. Abraham Lincoln’s actions and resolve have earned him the title of our country’s greatest president. His story is told all over this country and he is the most written about figure after Jesus Christ.
But, there is another part of this story. It is the story of a young actor driven to extremes. It is the story of that man and his conspirators who were determined to strike back against a government that destroyed the United States they had known and loved. It is the stories and facts about these individuals that this blog hopes to share. Not because we agree with their actions or because we share their values. We learn about them because the darker parts of history can shed the most light on the past. While the actions they took were abhorrent, the sentiments that motivated those actions were shared by many.
Many of us who study the Lincoln assassination refer to ourselves as “Boothies”. This does not mean we condone the actions of the assassin. Rather, our moniker states our commitment to studying, analyzing, and interpreting the actions of John Wilkes Booth and others involved in the great American drama that is the Lincoln assassination. Ignoring and dismissing the lives and actions of the men and women involved in the conspiracy does a great disservice to history and to the memory of Abraham Lincoln. We cannot truly honor and appreciate the man without understanding the complexity of his death.
As a Boothie, I hope that this blog will be a source of education as well as levity every once and awhile. It is my first time starting a blog, so who knows how it will turn out. Regardless, I invite you all to come back from time to time to see the man, and the conspiracy, in the barn.
About the Author:
My name is Dave Taylor and I am an elemetary school teacher. For many years, I have been fascinated by the events of April, 1865. As a child growing up in Illinois, I never understood how anyone could kill Abraham Lincoln, our greatest President. I started doing more serious reading and research on the matter in high school when I was introduced to the Stephen Sondheim musical, Assassins. Ever since then, I have found that the rabbit hole that is the Lincoln assassination is infinitely deep. There are countless branches to the story which all provide fascinating insights into the minds of those involved.
If you have something you’d like to share about any part of Lincoln’s assassination, no matter how minor it may seem, feel free to comment on a post or here on the About page. You can also e-mail me at boothiebarn (at) gmail (dot) com.
I’d like to thank all of you that have been so supportive of my efforts here at BoothieBarn. I will strive to provide thought provoking and interesting posts about John Wilkes Booth and his plot.