Creepy Crawly Assassins Conference - Michael Kline - Part Two
Touch the Elbow - Blogging the Civil War
Friday, March 26, 2010
Excerpt: "While Booth may have been somewhat of a braggart, claiming he helped capture John Brown at Harper's Ferry, he was present to witness his execution at Charles Town in December 1859 while wearing the uniform of the Richmond Grays. Both Booth and Ferandini were reputed members of the Knights of the Golden Circle, a secret organization of Southern origin that supported filibustering activities in Mexico and Latin America for the purpose of expanding slavery. Otis K. Hillard, who had a big mouth when plied with drink paid for through the generosity of one of Pinkerton's operatives, and William Byrne, a successful Baltimore liquor salesman, were also not only alleged members of the K.G.C., but allied with another secessionist paramilitary group, the National Volunteers of Baltimore. Another player was George N. Sanders, a crony of presidents Pierce and Buchanan, who as an American Counsel to London during the 1850's preached assassination as a means to achieving an end. According to Kline Sanders may have been involved in planning the grenade attack on Napoleon III. Little surprise then that Sanders comes under suspicion as a co-conspirator when realizing he was in Cincinnati at the time a hand grenade was found on Lincoln's inaugural train."
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