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Watch the Preview-  THE CONSPIRATOR, One Bullet Killed the President but not one man


Besides being a great picture, do see it to understand the mind set the military had when it contracted with the Steamboat Arabia to send troops & provisions to Ft. Pierre in 1855.



Lincoln 'Conspirator' a hit in Ford's Theatre

By Arienne Thompson, USA TODAY

Updated 21h 13m ago |
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WASHINGTON — Drama on the Hill almost derailed the drama on the screen as a narrowly averted government shutdown threatened the premiere Sunday of The Conspirator at Ford's Theatre.
  • Director Robert Redford arrives at Ford's Theatre for the premiere of his film The Conspirator. Budget squabbles in Washington almost conspired to prevent the film's premiere.
    By Alex Brandon, AP
    Director Robert Redford arrives at Ford's Theatre for the premiere of his film The Conspirator.Budget squabbles in Washington almost conspired to prevent the film's premiere.

By Alex Brandon, AP
Director Robert Redford arrives at Ford's Theatre for the premiere of his film The Conspirator.Budget squabbles in Washington almost conspired to prevent the film's premiere.
But everything proceeded as planned for director Robert Redford and his team at Ford's, which is part of the National Park Service.
Stars Robin Wright, James McAvoyKevin KlineTom WilkinsonEvan Rachel Wood and Alexis Bledel also hit the nation's capital to support the film, which tells the story of the persecution of Mary Surratt (played by Wright), a woman accused of being a conspirator involved in the assassination of President Abraham Lincoln.
"The movie was inspired by telling a story that nobody knew about, tied to an event that everybody knows about," Redford explained at the screening.
Before making the film, "I knew nothing about her," 
I love Redford's comments, "I knew nothing about her," and this goes to show how important it is to tell our past's stories through the eye of those who witnessed it, rather than citing facts and dates.  
There has been a lot of talk that this is a must see & must be talked about film. I saw a private viewing of this last January at the American Historical Association Conference in Boston & blogged 
I was surprised to read that Ford's Theater where Lincoln was shot is now part of the U. S. Park Service- which it should be.
My blog stirred lots of attention, I received emails and one asking me to write a review for a University. I do wish time grew on trees but as you might be aware I am writing up my book proposal right now for a university press and it is going well.
Recently, my blog was mentioned in the Daguerreian Society's Newsletter and for their benefit let me post a stereoview of the hanging and the back of the card compliments of Jeff Kraus who has this one for sale for $1600.

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