On April 12th of this year, I underwent a journey into history. For 3 days and 2 nights, I completely immersed myself in the conditions John Wilkes Booth faced while hiding out in a pine thicket after he assassinated Abraham Lincoln. The project took months of preparation and the assistance of countless individuals who alerted me to new research, informed me of the intricacies of 19th century attire, and provided much needed moral support for such an endeavor. I strove to ensure that this experience was as genuine as possible and committed to feeling the same discomfort Booth felt.
Even from the beginning I knew I wanted to document the experience in order to share it with others. While the 19th century method of documentation would have been limited to the written word, modern technology allows us to go further. Therefore, with camera gear as my only anachronism, I walked into the woods with the same meager supplies that were afforded to Booth hoping to shed some light on this forgotten part of his escape.
Today, I publish the final installment of the series, bringing the project to its completion. I am extremely grateful to not only those listed in this final video but also the many others who helped my along the way and prayed for my safety. I hope that you have enjoyed this series as I hope to produce more like it in the future.
To watch the final video, you can either click on the image above and scroll down, click HERE to watch the video on YouTube, or play the embedded video below.
Remember that all of the videos in the series can be found in one place by clicking the “John Wilkes Booth in the Woods” image at the top of this post.
Thank you all for coming on this journey with me.
~ Dave Taylor