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    Gifts Presented to Booth's Captor by Booth's Killer. Sgt. Boston Corbett was one of the twenty-six men of the 16th New York Cavalry who accompanied Lt. Edward P. Doherty when they cornered John Wilkes Booth at the Richard Garrett farm on the early morning of 26 April 1865. Corbett has gone down in history for one thing: the fact that "Providence directed" him to shoot and kill Lincoln's assassin. Remarkably enough, Corbett and Doherty seem to have become friends in their later years, as witnessed by the two items in this lot. One is Corbett's silver metal whiskey flask, with a deeply embossed flower and leaf-design and a collapsible-tumbler cap, which is engraved on its top with the intertwined initials "BC". Corbett presented the flask to Lt. Doherty "as a token of his affection" according to Doherty's son. The second item is an autograph note signed, to which is attached a bushy brown-and-white rabbit's tail. The jocular, if eccentric, note reads: "Last Friday I shot a jack rabbit with my revolver. Took this from him. He made me Sunday dinner. Boston Corbett. Concordia Co., Kansas. Sept. 20, 1886." One wonders whether he shot the rabbit with the same revolver he used on Booth! A sticker on verso bears a typed caption by Doherty's son, certifying its origin. These items remained with the Doherty family for a century before they were acquired by Dr. Lattimer.

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    November, 2008
    20th Thursday
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