Don’t worry, I’m not going to try to convince you all that Secretary of War Edwin Stanton was behind Lincoln’s assassination. Lincoln’s “Mars” was crucial in the hours after the President was shot in starting the investigation into his death. The two men had a deep, profound respect for each other – a product of four years of war. Nevertheless, some still believe that Stanton had a hand in Lincoln’s death. Apparently even some of Stanton’s contemporaries suspected he was involved, too. One person believed it so much, that he created the following:
I snapped this pictures out of an auction catalog with the following description:
It is interesting to think of the individual who painstakingly engraved the death of the conspirators on a plaque of ivory only to turn it into a platform for condemning the Secretary of War.
And did not know the correct date of the execution…