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    Lincoln Assassination: Eyewitness Accounts. Three accounts of the assassination, in typed and manuscript form. 1) five-page account by Sarah N. Eastman, February 9, 1933, titled "Recollections of the Assassination of President Lincoln", written on three bifolium sheets of writing paper, in part: "... I sat... nearly opposite the box in which the President was seated... there was a flash of a pistol, and John Wilkes Booth jumped from the box... on to the stage. He was up in an instant... brandishing a dagger that glistened in the gas lights... every one was so dazed... the confusion was awful... Laura Keene came out and with outstretched arms implored the audience to be calm... I reached the stairs just as the President was being carried down on a litter. Laura Keene was following with Mrs. Lincoln calling 'make way for Mrs. Lincoln' who was crying 'Take me to him'... His shirt was open showing blood upon his chest...", 2) 5-page manuscript "memoir" by Silas Owen, a sailor who had been to Lincoln's Second inauguration and served on the Montauk. He attended the performance at Ford's Theatre with a comrade, Acting Ensign William H. Flood. "... I was in Ford's Theatre... and was an eyewitness of the assassination... I met Booth at the National Hotel two weeks before the crime was committed and recognized him the night of the murder in the theatre. When his dead body was brought from Virginia, it was placed on the deck of the Montauk with a tarpaulin. I saw the body while it lay there and know it was the remains of John Wilkes Booth. The body was taken in a cutter that night to the old Arsenal... and buried in a cell of the prison... President Lincoln with Mrs. Lincoln visited the navy yard on the day of his murder, met Mr. Flood there and had a long talk about the days when Flood's father and the President were struggling young lawyers in Illinois [signed] Silas Owen", and 3) a 2-page typed transcript of a radio address by "eyewitness" Mrs. Nelson Todd broadcast on radio station W.O.R. on February 11, 1928 titled "The True Story of President Lincoln's Assassination". Todd (1840-1931) seems to have been slightly "cracked" at the time of this address, delivered in her 88th year. She claims to have heard a speech of William Henry Harrison in 1840 and shaken hands with him (though but an infant), shaken hands with every President from Harrison through Coolidge, attended Jenny Lind's concert at Castle Garden in 1850, rode repeatedly on horseback past President-elect Lincoln when he passed through Newark prompting the President to remark on her fine horsewomanship to the train's conductor. She claims that Booth drew straws among fellow radicals and was thus chosen to be the assassin. At Ford's Theatre, she focused on John Wilkes Booth, even though she realized the President had just been assassinated. She said his broken leg protruded from his trousers, that Laura Keene patted him on the head, "then to my amazement, I saw a rope swing over, evidently thrown by some confederates, lasso him and whisk him into the wings. That was the last time I ever saw John Wilkes Booth." This makes for fun reading, as long as you take it with a grain (or bushel-full) of salt!


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