Yesterday, I attended a “sold out” speaking engagement at the Sotterley Plantation in Hollywood…Maryland. The speaker was Michael W. Kauffman, renowned Lincoln assassination researcher and author. He gave an hour-long talk and half hour-long Q&A about the Lincoln assassination and his experiences doing research. The crowd was not one of historians but Mr. Kauffman did a wonderful job giving an overview of John Wilkes Booth and his plot. The audience’s response to the talk was very enthusiastic with many asking Mr. Kauffman for his autograph after it was all over. I, of course, was one of those people. I brought along his books, American Brutus, Memoirs of a Lincoln Conspirator, and his new escape route book, In the Footsteps of An Assassin. He graciously signed them all and we talked briefly about one of my particular interests in the whole story, the Garrett family. A good sport, he even indulged my fandom by allowing me to photograph him with John Wilkes Booth using the iPhone app developed with his latest book:
Needless to say, I must have come across like a Trekkie meeting Mr. Spock at Comic Con, but Mr. Kauffman put up with me nevertheless. The evening was a very exciting experience for me. It was an honor to listen to and meet the man who has contributed so much to our understanding of Lincoln’s assassination.