It was Stanton!

Don’t worry, I’m not going to try to convince you all that Secretary of War Edwin Stanton was behind Lincoln’s assassination.  Lincoln’s “Mars” was crucial in the hours after the President was shot in starting the investigation into his death.  The two men had a deep, profound respect for each other – a product of four years of war.  Nevertheless, some still believe that Stanton had a hand in Lincoln’s death.  Apparently even some of Stanton’s contemporaries suspected he was involved, too.  One person believed it so much, that he created the following:

I snapped this pictures out of an auction catalog with the following description:

It is interesting to think of the individual who painstakingly engraved the death of the conspirators on a plaque of ivory only to turn it into a platform for condemning the Secretary of War.

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8 thoughts on “It was Stanton!

  1. Laurie Verge

    And did not know the correct date of the execution…

  2. I was wondering the very same thing! It’s got to be the date the scrimshaw was made…. It would appear that they would put the execution date under the remarks about Stanton and the date it was made (usually with the artist’s signature) in the corner….

    It IS beautiful, though! Thanks ever so much, Dave!

  3. Richard Sloan

    OR, PERH. IT WAS COPIED FROM ONE OF THE WEEKLIES (HARPER’S OR LESLIE’S) , WHICH MAY HAVE BORNE THAT DATE. THEY WERE ALWAYS 2 WEEKS BEHIND THE EVENTS, IN ORDER TO CREATE THEIR WOODCUTS AND PLAN THEIR LAYOUTS.

  4. Laurie Verge

    Richard may very well be correct on this one. Also, is this a current catalog? Frankly, if the piece dates to 1865 and is real scrimshaw on ivory, I don’t think a minimum of $300 is that bad. I remember forty years ago drooling over a full tusk of scrimshaw related to the assassination that was being offered at a high-end antique show that our church sponsored for decades. The asking price of that piece was $900.

    • The catalog was a few years old. I took this picture when I was at Herb Collins’. He had written something for the auction regarding a Lincoln flag and I was perusing the rest of the catalog.

  5. jlt1984

    Hi everyone! I think I finally found the place some of my favorite fellow “Boothies” took off to… (this is Jenny if you remember me from elsewhere)!

    Wonderful site, BoothieBarn! Thanks for creating it! 🙂

    Anyway, in regards to this post, that IS a pretty impressive piece of work despite the morbid subject..

    • Thanks for the compliment, Jenny. Luckily for us there are many wonderful blogs, discussion forums, and journals out there to further our knowledge of Lincoln’s assassination. The more that exist and provide easy access to information, the better all of us are for it.

      Dave Taylor

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