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    John Wilkes Booth Carte de Visite. 2.5" x 4", with no photographer's imprint. A three quarter standing portrait of Booth, seen dressed in a dark suit and a winter cloak. Booth (1838-1865) was a successful professional stage actor from Maryland, and a member of the prominent Booth family of actors. He was also a Confederate sympathizer who expressed vehement dissatisfaction with the South's defeat in the Civil War and Lincoln's proposal to extend voting rights to freed slaves. Booth and a group of co-conspirators planned to kill Abraham Lincoln, Vice President Andrew Johnson, and Secretary of State William Seward in a desperate bid to help the tottering Confederacy's cause, but only Booth was successful in carrying out his part of the plot. Following the shooting, Booth fled by horseback to southern Maryland and eventually to a farm in rural northern Virginia. He was tracked to Garret farm, where he was killed on April 26, 1865. From the Bret J. Formichi American Civil War Rarities Collection.

    Condition: Light toning throughout, with wear and light soiling to the edges and corners. Further soiling on verso, else very good.


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    October, 2019
    26th Saturday
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