April 14, 2014: Barry Cauchon
Today is the 149th anniversary of the assassination of President Abraham Lincoln. My research partner John Elliott and I have been active members in the Lincoln Assassination research community since 2009. Our specialty is the incarceration and punishments of the Lincoln Conspirators. We have been speakers at three out of the last four Surratt Society Lincoln Assassination annual conferences held in Clinton, MD; have been credited in several Lincoln Assassination-related books and have advised on film and documentary projects such as Robert Redford’s “The Conspirator” (2010) and National Geographic’s “Killing Lincoln” (2013). Our research has been published in the Lincoln Herald and the Surratt Society Courier. We have also written and published three supplements (booklets) under the series name “A Peek Inside the Walls: The Final Days of the Lincoln Conspirators” which are available for purchase (see below).
Currently John and I are both independently working on the next two supplements in the series. John’s supplement will be called “Scenes from the Courtroom” and will cover some of the little known, yet fascinating stories that came from the trial of the eight Lincoln conspirators. Publication date: Early summer, 2014.
I am working on presenting research that I did in conjunction with the Kansas State Historical Society/Kansas Museum of History (between 2010 and 2013) on the authentication of the Lincoln conspirator crossbeam artifact that is held in the KHS collection. In late 2012, the crossbeam was proven to be genuine and in February, 2013 I was invited to the museum to present my findings in a joint presentation to the public. Publication date: Mid to late summer, 2014.
I will publish more information on our two new supplements once we are closer to public release.
For now, if you are interested in purchasing any or all of our first three supplements, please read on. Supplement descriptions and pricing are below. Thank you for your interest in the “A Peek Inside the Walls: The Final Days of the Lincoln Conspirators” supplement series. I look forward to sharing more with you in the near future.
No. 1: 2011 Supplement
No. 1: 2011 Supplement
Released in March, 2011, A Peek Inside the Walls: The Final Days of the Lincoln Conspirators (maroon cover)(24 pages). This was our first published booklet in the “A Peek” series and was meant to compliment our 2011 live presentation given at the Surratt House Museum and Surratt Society Lincoln Assassination conference. It was a ‘supplement’ for that talk. Since then, each publication in this series has been called a supplement.
This supplement features a chapter called Who Gave the Signal to Spring the Traps? in which our research challenged a long-standing historical belief that the man dressed in white, seen standing on the scaffold in the Alexander Gardner conspirator execution photos, was Christian Rath, the executioner. After conducting a thorough photographic analysis of the evidence and an extensive review of many first-person eyewitness accounts and resources, this belief was proven to be inaccurate. Due to poorly made assumptions, early misidentifications and, in one case, blatant fraud, our research led us to the solid conclusion that accepted history on this subject was wrong. The man in white was NOT Christian Rath. If you are like us, you’ll find the trail of evidence to be fascinating and the conclusions credible.
When the content of this supplement was first presented to the public at the 2011 conference, reknown Lincoln Assassination expert, Dr. Terry Alford, Professor of History at Northern Virginia Community College, was in attendance. After our presentation, Dr. Alford addressed the audience and offered the following statement: “It’s very difficult to do anything original and you guys have done it. I think you deserve the highest praise for it because it’s truly remarkable”.
The research in this supplement has continued to receive enthusiastic acclaim from the Lincoln Assassination Research Community and the public and has been written up in articles for the Surratt Society Courier and the Lincoln Herald (the oldest Lincoln-related publication in print today).
No. 2: 2012 Supplement (revised Fall 2013)
No. 2: 2012 Supplement (revised and updated in Fall 2013)
In March, 2012, we published our second conference supplement called A Peek Inside the Walls: The Final Days of the Lincoln Conspirators. 13 Days Aboard the Monitors: The Early Incarceration of the Conspirators, the Mug Shot Photo Sessions and the Truth about the Hoods (blue cover)(28 pages). It’s a long title but this supplement is packed with great information featuring the facts, tales and plausible theories surrounding the early incarceration of the conspirators aboard the U.S.S. Saugus and U.S.S. Montauk prior to being sent to the Arsenal Penitentiary. This supplement was revised in the fall of 2013 when additional information came to light.
Part 1: The Early Incarceration of the Conspirators. For thirteen days in April of 1865, the Union Navy, under the direction of the War Department, became an unexpected participant in the story of the Lincoln conspirators. From April 17 to April 29, eight men suspected in the attacks on President Lincoln and Secretary of State William Seward, were sent to the Washington Navy Yard for confinement aboard two ironclad monitors anchored offshore. Kept below decks under intolerable conditions, these prisoners were forced to wear iron restraints on their wrists and ankles, as well as hoods over their heads. They were interrogated and photographed, but mostly just left to sit in silence for endless hours of isolation to contemplate their fates.
Part 2: The Mug Shot Photo Sessions. Twenty-six famous, or infamous, ‘mug shot’ photographs of these prisoners were taken by Alexander Gardner during the prisoners’ time on the monitors. History has allowed many people to believe that all twenty-six images were shot during a single photo session on April 27. However, solid evidence, partnered with photographic analysis, suggests that multiple sessions were conducted. The results offer an intriguing and plausible alternative to the long-held ‘single photo session’ belief.
Part 3: The Truth about the Hoods. Much misinformation has been published about the hoods. In an attempt to clear up the confusion, this supplement offers a simple presentation of the facts concerning the following:
•How many hood types were created?
•Who did, and did not, wear the hoods?
•When and where were each type worn?
No. 3: 2013 Supplement
In August, 2013, we published our third supplement called A Peek Inside the Walls: The Final Days of the Lincoln Conspirators. The Mystery of John Wilkes Booth’s Autopsy Photo (sepia cover)(24 pages).
Often considered the Holy Grail of Lincoln assassination relics, John Wilkes Booth’s autopsy photo, presumed lost since 1865, has captivated the interest of countless researchers and historians, who believed that one day it would be found. Now, recently discovered evidence suggests that this prized photo may never have existed at all.
To purchase any of these supplements, please contact me (Barry Cauchon) by email at email@example.com and indicate which supplement(s) and the quantity of each you wish to have. Also, please include your shipping address so that I can confirm the postage costs below apply to you.
If you would like me to sign the supplements I am happy to do so…just ask. At present, John is unable to sign these as he resides in San Antonio, TX and the supplements ship from upper state NY.
RATES: The following supplement prices (and savings) are based on quantities ordered rather than supplement type. Postage and handling are quoted based on using standard USPS shipping rates in the continental United States. Pricing for postage to Hawaii, Alaska, Canada, Mexico and other international locations can be quickly quoted upon request.
One supplement = US $8.50 (includes any one supplement of your choice) + US $3.00 (shipping and handling) = Total US$11.50.
Two supplements = US $8.25 each (total US$16.50)(includes any two supplements of your choice)+ US $4.75 (shipping and handling) = Total US$21.25.
Three supplements = US $7.50 each (total US$22.50)(includes any three supplements of your choice)+ US $6.75 (shipping and handling) = Total US$29.25.
Note: If you require quantities of more than three, I am happy to quote these for you separately.
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Thank you for considering A Peek Inside the Walls. John and I look forward to bringing you many more of these in the future. If you have any questions, please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org. I’ll be happy to help you in any way that I can.
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