“Nearly all men can stand adversity, but if you want to test a man’s character
give him power”
Whoever dares our cause reveal,
Shall test the sword of Knightly steel,
And when the torture proves to dull,
We’ll scrape the brains from out his skull,
And place a lamp within the shell,
To light his soul from here to hell.
Knights of the Golden Circle secrecy oath…
The tragic assassination of President Abraham Lincoln was brought about by a conspiracy, a conspiracy from a select group of men who had their own agenda. The following is a brief history before the Civil War, all leading up to the killing of the President…
Andrew Jackson was the 7th President of the United States in 1829, and a confirmed Freemason. He was also the sixth Grand Master of Tennessee serving from October 1822 until October 1824. On September 11th 1830 the Anti-Mason Convention was held in Philadelphia which had a devastating impact on the growing secret society. Because of the undertone in the government, the 1830's through the1840's, most Masonic lodges in the Northeast had to surrender their charters or disband. This doubt would go as far back as the American Revolution because of the involvement of the Founding Fathers in Freemasonry. A book called “Tubal Cain of Utica,” was circulating, informing the general public about the involvement of Washington, Jefferson, Franklin, and Marquis de LaFayette in Freemasonry. Then in 1831 Henry Clay, the candidate for Presidency and a confirmed Freemason was also the Grand Master of the Grand Lodge of Kentucky and Grand Orator from 1806-1809. Clay was also very good friends to the Illuminati Dupont's.*See The Barium Sky page, *See America's Masonic Secret page The DuPont's at the time were already one of the elite families in the North and it was rumored that Clay was coming to them for guidance on how to run the nation. The DuPont family played a role in the building America’s capital and laid out and constructed numerous occult patterns. A year later General William Huntington Russell and Alphonso Taft in 1832 organized a secret society for the elite students of the American Wall Street banking establishment called The Skull and Bones Society at Yale University. At the time Samuel Russell ran Russell and Co., and the largest Opium smuggling operation in the United States at the time. 1832 The Anti-Mason party challenges Mason Andrew Jackson and his running mate Martin Van Buren for the office of President of the United States. John Quincy Adams in 1833 was the 6th President of the United States, and he wrote a letter to WL Stone about the devastating impact Masonry had on the country. He called it the “festering cancer in our courts and newspapers”. The following is a sample of that writing. It was one year after the Anti-Masonic Convention that Freemasonry’s power was growing again, silently, pushing towards their New World Order.
LETTERS ON THE MASONIC INSTITUTION BY JOHN QUINCY ADAMS
IT is now twenty years since there sprung up in the United States an earnest and at times a vehement discussion, of the nature and effect of the bond entered into by those citizens who join the society of Free and Accepted Masons. The excitement which arose in consequence of the disclosures then made, had the effect, at least for a time, if not permanently, to check the farther spread of that association. The legislative power of some of the States was invoked, and at last actually interposed, to prevent the administration of extra-judicial oaths, including of course all such as were constantly taken in the Masonic Order. This was the furthest point which the opposition ever reached. It did not succeed in procuring the dissolution of the organization of the Order, or even the repeal of the charters under which it had a recognized existence in the social system. From the moment of the adoption of a penal law, deemed strong enough to meet the most serious of the evils complained of, the apprehension of further danger from Masonry began to subside. At this day, the subject has ceased to be talked of. The attention of men has been gradually diverted to other things, until at last it may be said, that few persons are aware of the fact, provided it be not especially forced upon their notice, that not only Freemasonry continues to exist, but also that other associations partaking of its secret nature, if not of its unjustifiable obligations, not merely live, but greatly flourish in the midst of them…In a small town situated in the western part of the State of New York, an event occurred in the autumn of the year 1826, which roused the suspicions first of the people living in the immediate neighborhood, and afterwards of a very wide circle of persons throughout the United States. A citizen of Batavia suddenly disappeared from his family, without giving the slightest warning. Rumors were immediately circulated that he had run away; but there were circumstances attending the act which favored the idea that personal violence had been resorted to, although the precise authors of it could not be distinctly traced. The name of the citizen who thus vanished as if the earth had opened and swallowed him from sight, was William Morgan. He had been a man of little consideration in the place, in which he had been but a short time resident. Without wealth, for he was compelled to labor for the support of a young wife and two infant children, and without influence of any kind, it seemed as if there could be nothing in the history or the pursuits of the individual to make him a shining mark of persecution, on any account. So unreasonable, if not absurd, did the notion of the forcible abduction of such a man appear, that it was at first met with a cold smile of utter incredulity…The labor expended in the endeavor to suppress the publication of Morgan's book, proved to have been lost. It came out just at the moment when the disappearance of its author was most calculated to rouse the public curiosity to its contents. On examination, it was found to contain what purported to be the forms of Oaths taken by those who were admitted to the first three degrees of Masonry,-the Entered Apprentice's, the Fellow Craft's and the Master Mason's. If they really were what they pretended to be, then indeed was supplied a full explanation of the motives that might have led to Morgan's disappearance. But here was the first difficulty. Doubts were sedulously spread of their genuineness. Morgan's want of social character was used with effect to bring the whole volume into discredit. Neither is it perfectly certain that its revelations would have been ultimately established as true, had not a considerable number of the fraternity, stimulated by the consciousness of the error which they had committed, voluntarily assembled at Leroy, a town in the neighborhood of Batavia, and then and there, besides attesting the veracity of Morgan's book, renounced all further connection with the society. One or two of these persons subsequently made far more extended publications, in which they opened all the mysteries of the Royal Arch, and of the Knight Templar's libation, besides exposing in a clear light the whole complicated organization of the Institution. Upon these disclosures the popular excitement spread over a large part of the northern section of the Union. It crept into the political divisions of the time. A party sprung up almost with the celerity of magic, the end of whose exertions was to be the overthrow of Masonry. It soon carried before it all the power of Western New York. It spread into the neighboring States. It made its appearance in legislative assemblies, and there demanded full and earnest investigations, not merely of the circumstances attending the event which originated the excitement, but also of the nature of the obligations which Masons had been in the habit of assuming. Great as was the effort to resist this movement, and manifold the devices to escape the searching operation proposed, it was found impossible directly to stem the tide of popular opinion. Masons, who stubbornly adhered to the Order, were yet compelled under oath to give their reluctant testimony to the truth of the disclosures that had been made. The oaths of Masonry and the strange rites practiced simultaneously with the assumption of them, were then found to be in substance what they had been affirmed to be. The veil that hid the mystery was rent in twain, and there stood the idol before the gaze of the multitude, in all the nakedness of its natural deformity… The language of the Old Testament, the history as well as the traditions of the Jews, and the resources of imagination, are indiscriminately drawn upon to deck out a progressive series of initiating ceremonies which would otherwise claim no attribute to save them from contempt. Ashamed and afraid to go backwards, the novice suffers his love of the marvelous, his dread of personal hazard, and his hope for more of the beautiful and the true than has yet been doled out to him, to lead him on until he finds himself crawling under the living arch, or committing the folly of the fifth libation. He then too late discovers himself to have been fitting for the condition either of a dupe or of a conspirator. He has plunged himself needlessly into an abyss of obligations which, if they signify little, prove him to have been a fool; and if, on the contrary, they signify much, prove him ready at a moment's warning, to make himself a villain. Such is the impression of the Masonic Institution that must be gathered from all the expositions that have been lately made. Yet, strange though it may seem, there is no reason to doubt that the Society has had great success in enrolling numbers of persons in many countries among its members, and in keeping them generally faithful to the obligations which it imposed. This, if no other fact, would be sufficient to relieve the whole machine from the burden of ridicule it might otherwise be made to bear. Perhaps the strongest feature of the association is to be found in the pledge it imposes of mutual assistance in distress. On this account much merit has been claimed to it, and many stories have been circulated of the benefits which individuals have experienced in war, or in perils by sea and land, or in other disasters, by the ability to resort to the grand hailing sign. This argument, which has probably made more Freemasons than any other, would be good in its defense were it not for two objections. One of them is, that the pledge to assist is indiscriminate, making little or no difference between the good or bad nature of the actions to promote which a co-operation may be invoked. The other is, that the engagement implies a duty of preference of one member of society to the disadvantage of another who may be in all respects his superior. It establishes a standard of merit conflicting with that established by the Christian or the social system, either or both of which ought to be of paramount obligation. And this injurious preference is the more dangerous because it may be carried on without the knowledge of the sufferers. The more scrupulously conscientious a citizen may be, who hesitates at taking an oath the nature of which he does not know beforehand, the more likely will he be to be kept down by the artificial advancement of others who may derive their advantage from a cunning use of their more flexible sense of right. That these are not altogether imaginary objections, there is no small amount of actual evidence to prove. There has been a time, when resort to Masonry was regarded as eminently favorable to early success in life; and there have been men whose rapidity of personal and political advancement it would be difficult to explain by any other cause than this, that they have been generally understood to be bright Masons. Such a preference as is here supposed, can be justifiable only upon the supposition that Masonic merit and social merit rest on the same general foundation;-a supposition which no person will be able to entertain for a moment after he shall have observed the scales which belong respectively to each….Yet strange as is this narrative, fearful as is the disclosure of the fanaticism of secret association which could impel men-holding a respectable rank in society, walking by the light of modern civilization, acknowledging the influence of Christianity over their daily life-to the commission of outrages so flagrant as were the abduction and murder of William Morgan, it would not of itself have sufficed to justify attaching even a suspicion to the entire institution of Freemasonry in the United States, or even to any considerable branch of it existing without the limits of the region where the events happened. Whatever might have been the private sentiments entertained of the danger attending the assumption of secret obligations, the exact nature of these was at the outset too little understood to sanction the inference that they allowed criminal enterprises. Extensive as the conspiracy against Morgan and Miller appeared to be, yet similar things have been done under the influence of passion and in open and acknowledged violation of moral and religious duty, in all stages of the world's progress. It was hence no unreasonable thing to conclude that it might have happened once more. Censure was to be directed, if any where, against those over-zealous members of the order who could be believed to have overstepped the bounds of reason and of justice, acknowledged as well by the law of the fraternity as by the higher one of God and of civil society. It was reserved for events coming somewhat later, to develop the fact, that in the instance of Morgan, Freemasons, so far from thinking themselves to be violating, were literally following the injunction which they felt to be laid upon them in their oaths. The law of Masonry was to them more than that of civil government or of the Deity, even when it was known directly to conflict with them. It was the truth of this proposition, slowly and gradually wrested from the lips of adhering members, that turned the current of popular indignation from the guilty individuals towards the Institution itself. It was the proof furnished of this truth, which created the moral power of the political party that soon sprung up in New York and Pennsylvania and that under the banner of opposition to all secret societies rallied its tens of thousands in a fierce and vindictive, and at times, even a fanatical persecution of every thing that bore even the semblance of dreaded Freemasonry. http://www.crocker.com/~acacia/text_lmi.html
In the southern states, anti-Masonry had a lesser effect on Delaware, Mississippi, South Carolina, Tennessee and Virginia and Alabama. Alabama was severely affected by the anti-Masonic movement. The Grand Master was not in attendance. There were no Grand Lodge Communications in 1834, 1835 or 1836. In 1836 the six lodges represented decided to reorganize the Grand Lodge with the adoption of a new constitution and the election and installation of new Grand Officers. Martin Van Buren was the 8th President of the United States 1837-1841, and a confirmed Freemason. William Henry Harrison the 9th President of the United States in 1841 and son of Benjamin Harrison, one of the signers of the Declaration of Independence, he had unknown Masonic information.
John Tyler the 10th President of The United States, 1841-1845, after the death of William H. Harrison was also confirmed Freemason. In 1843 the anti-Masonry had run its course, and a concerted effort was made to revive Freemasonry. Sixteen lodges attended the Grand Lodge in 1844. Maine lost none of its lodges during this time. Every lodge that had ceased to meet, or had surrendered its charter, was revived.
By 1845-1849 James K. Polk was the 11th. President of the United States and a confirmed Freemason. Polk assisted in the cornerstone ceremony, a Masonic Laying the cornerstone of the Smithsonian Institution, Washington, D.C. on May 1st 1847. Then in 1849 Zachary Taylor became the 12th President of the United States and a member of the Whig party. He was also a confirmed Freemason, a member of the Knights of the Garter. His Vice President was Millard Fillmore. In 1850-1853 Millard Fillmore became the 13th President of the United States. There was no Vice President during his term. An interesting fact about 1849 was that on October 7th Edgar Allan Poe was murdered by a blow to the head. He wasn’t drunk or a drug addict. Poe was exposing Freemasonry through his short stories. Franklin Pierce the 14th President of the United States from 1853 - 1857 was a confirmed Freemason, and a member of the Knights of the Garter. Also in 1857, the year the secret Mystick Krewe of Comus was founded in New Orleans. http://www.mardigrassecrets.com/
On February 23rd 1857, President James Buchanan was poisoned at the National Hotel in Washington, DC. President Buchanan had a table reserved for himself and friends in the dining room that evening where he ordered tea. Arsenic was sprinkled into the bowls containing the tea and lump sugar that was set on the table where he dined. Interestingly not one Southern man was affected by the poison that evening but approximately thirty-eight other guests died from the Arsenic. Buchanan drank the poison, but because of the knowledge he had of the symptoms he was able to communicate to his physician and be treated..saving his life.
The Knights of the Golden Circle were a secret order of Southern sympathizers in the North during this time. Its members were known as Copperheads. Dr. George Bickley, a Virginian who had moved to Ohio and organized the first castle, or local branch around 1854, soon took the order to the South. Their principal object was to provide the control to colonize the northern part of Mexico extending its proslavery interests, it was also at this time the Knights became especially active in Texas. Secession during the beginning of the Civil War created a shift from their attempts to control Mexico to support of the new southern government the Conferderate States of America.
By 1858 the Knights of the Golden Circle’s rituals had become fairly developed. The local units of the lodge called “castles." were divided into an outer and an inner temple. The candidate was admitted first to the outer temple and after proving himself sound on the essential questions was allowed to enter the inner temple. There were three degrees. The first was the military degree, whose members were called the Knights of the Iron Hand. This was the army of the organization, although not all members of this degree were pledged to become soldiers. These members probably knew little of the real workings and motives of the organization. The military branch of the Knights of the Golden Circle also was the American Legion. The second was the financial degree. Members of this group were known as the Knights of the True Faith. The fee for joining this order was larger than that for the first degree. Its membership was not large, but this fee was probably the chief source of funds. The third was the governmental or political degree. Its members were called the Knights of the Columbian Star. Only a very few persons ever attained this degree. The order soon spread to Kentucky, Indiana, Ohio, Illinois, and Missouri. Its membership in these states became the strongest, composed of Peace Democrats, who felt that the Civil War was a mistake and the federal government was leading toward tyranny. Late in 1863 the Knights of the Golden Circle was reorganized as the Order of American Knights and in 1864, as the Order of the Sons of Liberty, with Clement Vallandigham, the most prominent of the Copperheads, acting as its supreme commander.They wanted Lincoln and the Republicans ousted from power, seeing the president as a tyrant who was destroying American values. As war opponents, Copperheads were suspected of disloyalty, and Lincoln often had their leaders arrested. An interesting fact about the Knight’s founder, he always used the number 32. He had 32 “castles” of his new group, the golden circle was 32 degrees in diameter. The Knight’s army was composed of two divisions of 16,000, the total 32,000. Albert Pike had devised 32 degrees of the Scottish Rite Freemasonry at this time, based on the 32 paths of wisdom It was also during this time when Albert Pike moved back to Arkansas where he was affiliated with the Marion Lodge in New Orleans and thus in 1857 Charleston joined the Supreme Council for the Southern Jurisdiction. He brought Native Americans into the Knights of the Golden Circle, expanding his membership into the various secret societies in the South. With the separation between the North and the South starting to brew, Albert Pike used his network of Masonic brothers to not only plot the new country of the South but also the assassination of anyone getting in the way of their agenda. By 1859 he was the Grand Commander of the Supreme Council and now a permanent Sovereign Grand Commander. He was also a Chief of the Royal Order of Scotland for the United States making him the highest ranking Freemason in America. He wrote the Morals and Dogma, which is given to all Freemasons when working up the ranks to the 32nd degree
“Masonry, like all the Religions, all the Mysteries, Hermeticism, and Alchemy, conceals its secrets from all except the Adepts and Sages, or the Elect, and uses false explanations and misinterpretations of its symbols to mislead those who deserve only to be mislead; to conceal the Truth, which it calls light, and draw them away from it” Albert Pike, Morals and Dogma, 3rd degree Scottish Rite Freemasonry
“The Canaanites consecrated horses and chariots to the Sun. The inhabitants of Emesa in Phœnician adored him under the name of Elagabalus; and the Sun, as Hercules, was the great Deity of the Tyrians. The Syrians worshipped, with fear and dread, the Stars of the Constellation Pisces, and consecrated images of them in their temples. The Sun as Adonis was worshipped in Byblos and about Mount Libanus. There was a magnificent Temple of the Sun at Palmyra, which was pillaged by the soldiers of Aurelian, who rebuilt it and dedicated it anew. The Pleiades, under the name of Succoth-Beneth, were worshipped by the Babylonian colonists who settled in the country of the Samaritans. Saturn, under the name of Remphan,*See Greek and Hebrew page, was worshipped among the Copts. The planet Jupiter was worshipped as Bel or Baal; Mars as Malec, Melech, or Moloch; Venus as Ashtaroth or Astarte, and Mercury as Nebo, among the Syrians, Assyrians, Phœnicians, and Canaanites. ' Sanchoniathon says that the earliest Phoenicians adored the Sun, whom they deemed sole Lord of the Heavens; and honored him under the name of BEEL-SAMIN, signifying King of Heaven. They raised columns to the elements, fire, and air or wind, and worshipped them; and Sabæism, or the worship of the Stars, flourished everywhere in Babylonia.” Albert Pike, Knight of the Brazen Serpent, Morals and Dogma, 25th degree Scottish Rite Freemasonry
"Nothing surpasses and nothing equals, as a Summary of all the doctrines of the Old World, those brief words engraven by HERMES on a Stone, and known under the name of "The Tablet
of Emerald:" the Unity of Being and the Unity of the Harmonies, ascending and descending, the progressive and proportional scale of the Word; the immutable law of the Equilibrium, and
the proportioned progress of the universal analogies; the relation of the Idea to the Word, giving the measure of the relation be- tween the Creator and the Created, the necessary mathematics of the Infinite, proved by the measures of a single corner of the Finite ;--all this is expressed by this single proposition of the Great Egyptian Hierophant...
Therefore faint not, nor be weary in well-doing! Be not dis- couraged at men's apathy, nor disgusted with their follies, nor tired of their indifference! Care not for returns and results;but
see only what there is to do, and do it, leaving the results to God! Soldier of the Cross! Sworn Knight of Justice, Truth, and Tol- eration! Good Knight and True!be patient and work! " Albert Pike, Pontiff,, Morals and Dogma, 19th degree Scottish Rite Freemasonry
December 1860 the State of South Carolina announced it would secede from the union and become a separate republic. Six other Southern states seceded, joining with South Carolina to form The Confederate States of America, with Mississippian Jefferson Davis as their President. Two of the seven Governors were Freemasons, John Ellis - North Carolina and Isham Harris -Tennessee. The Governors and other Southern Freemasons met with General Albert Pike. Third Degree Master Mason’s degree oath states, “I do promise. that I will obey all..summonses given to me from the hand of a Brother Master Mason…” One of their objectives, along with removing anyone in their way, was having their own currency. It is said that there was huge sums of gold kept and to avoid it falling into Northern hands it was hid in five different locations. The five points of fellowship perhaps…
Abraham Lincoln was the 16th President of the United States, 1861-1864. His Vice President, Andrew Johnson, was a confirmed Freemason. Edwin Stanton, Lincoln's Secretary of War, was an also a Freemason..
1861 Lincoln Inauguration Bible
"I am loth to close. We are not enemies, but friends. We must not be enemies. Though passion may have strained, it must not break our bonds of affection. The mystic chords of memory, stretching from every battle-field, and patriot grave, to every living heart and hearthstone, all over this broad land, will yet swell the chorus of the Union, when again touched, as surely they will be, by the better angels of our nature." Abraham Lincoln's inauguration closing statement
In 1961 the Pinkerton’s National Detective Agency, “private eyes” discovered a plot to kill the President. Pinkerton warned Lincoln and soon was ask to organize a “secret service” to gather information about the Southern states. The Southern states desire to have gold for their own currency opened reforms by the Union government. In 1862 “Greenbacks” were issued as legal tender. At this time the Rothschild’s were trying to take control of the entire world monetary system, and also trying to get a foot-hold in America gaining influence over this country with government help. Lincoln found himself with a big problem because the elite families that formed the Virginia Company were claming this country as the extension of the royal families of Europe.
“The privilege of creating and issuing money is not only the supreme prerogative of Government, but is the Government’s greatest creative opportunity. By the adoption of these principals, the taxpayers will be saved immense sums of interest.” President Abraham Lincoln
Golden Circle gold was held in Savannah in 1864, $20 million to $30 million in gold bars stamped, CSA (Confederate States of America) TREASURY, was being transported from Texas and bound for banks in France and England. The gold never made its way to Europe. The shipment reached Savannah and Union troops captured the gold and supposedly buried it. Knights of the Golden Circle operative decided the gold would be safer in the ground. Major Miller, Knights operative has been quoted,” We buried it in the last place that anyone would think to look for it." New Orleans, Louisiana bankers entrusted $6 million in gold to Confederate officers just before the city was captured..The officers buried the gold somewhere on an estate located between Madisonville and Chinchuba. Curiously those officers, Confederate Secret Service/Knights of the Golden Circle, were later killed and the gold remains lost…or does it?
The Southern states weren’t interested in Greenbacks..it was gold. Knights of the
On the evening of April 14, 1865, while attending a special performance President Abraham Lincoln was shot at Ford's Theater. Accompanying him that night were his wife, Mary Todd Lincoln, an officer named Major Henry R. Rathbone, Rathbone's fiancée, and Clara Harris. Shortly after the play had started, a man with a derringer pistol stepped into the presidential box and fired. President Lincoln slumped forward from the assassin’s pistol. John Wilkes Booth dropped the pistol and “oddly” waved a dagger. Booth jumped from the balcony, caught his left boot on a flag draped over the rail, thus shattering a bone in his leg when he landed. Though injured, he ran out the back door, and was gone on horseback. The bullet had entered through Lincoln's left ear and lodged behind his right eye. Nine hours later on April 15th, Lincoln died. John Wilkes Booth escaped from Washington with the help of a Masonic password, but Booth did not act alone he was aided by the Confederate government.
A nation in morning...The Washington Procession at Lincoln's funeral
April 25th, 1865...Funeral procession in New York City
The Grand Review, May 23rd, 1865...All present but the Commander-In-Chief
Six of Booth’s personal acquaintances were George Atzerdolt, Lewis Payne, David Herod, Edward Spangler, Samuel Arnold, Michael O’Langhlin, along with Mary Surrant and Dr. Samuel. They were brought to trial on May 9th before a military commission. Then on June 30th all were found guilty. George Atzerdolt, Payne, and Mary Surrant were sentenced to death and the rest of the conspirator’s imprisioned. Curiously Spangler, Arnold, and O’Laughlin were pardoned by President Johnson. Andrew Johnson was the 17th President of the United States 1865-1869, following the assassination. He was a member of the National Union Party and a confirmed Freemason. In April 1866, a year after the murder of Abraham Lincoln, Albert Pike's Supreme Council met in full costume inside the White House. "So Masonry jealously conceals its secrets and intentionally leads conceited interpreters astray. If you have been disappointed in the first three degrees, as you have received them remember that symbols were used, not to reveal but to conceal. The symbols and ceremonies of Masonry have more than one meaning. They rather conceal than disclose the Truth" Albert Pike. President Andrew Johnson granted a pardon to Pike for his role in the murder of Lincoln. It was also at this time when President Andrew Johnson discovered the Baker's Detective Bureau had the White House under surveillance, General Lafayette Baker was dismissed. Baker stated,"There were at least eleven members of Congress involved in the plot, no less than twelve Army officers, three Naval officers and at least twenty-four civilians, of which one was a governor of a loyal state. Five were bankers of great repute, three were nationally known newspapermen and eleven were industrialists of great repute and wealth. Eighty-five thousand dollars were contributed by the named persons to pay for the deed. Only eight persons knew the details of the plot and the identity of the others. I fear for my life" Former Union General Lafayette Baker died under suspicious circumstances in 1868..
The following is from Escape and Suicide of John Wilkes Booth by Finis L. Bates. Memphis: Pilcher Printing Co., 1907 "This story I could not accept as fact without investigation, believing, as the world believed, that John Wilkes Booth had been killed at the Garret home in Virginia on or about the 26th day of April, 1865, by one Boston Corbett, connected with the Federal troops in pursuit of him, after he had been passed through the Federal military lines which formed a complete cordon surrounding the city of Washington, D.C., on the night of and after the assassination of President Lincoln. But after many years of painstaking and exhaustive investigation, I am now unwillingly, and yet unanswerably, convinced that it is a fact that Booth was not killed, but made good his escape by the assistance of some of the officers of the Federal Army and government of the United States, located at Washington -- traitors to President Lincoln, in whose keeping was his life -- co-operating with Capt. Jett and Lieuts. Ruggles and Bainbridge, of the Confederate troops, belonging to the command of Col. J.S. Mosby, encamped at Bowling Green, Virginia. And the correctness of these statements, as well as to my convictions, the readers of this story must witness for or against the conclusion reached, for it is to the American people that I appeal that they shall hear the unalterable facts to the end that they may bear testimony with me to the civilized world that the death of America's martyred President, Lincoln, was not avenged, as we have been persuaded to believe, and that it remained the pleasure of the assassin to take his own life as how and when it best pleased him, conscious of his great individual crime and the nation's loss by the death of President Lincoln, the commission of which crime takes rank among the epochs of time equaled only by the crucifixion of Christ and the assassination of Caesar; in the contemplation of which the physical man chills with indignant emotions and the cold blood coursing his viens makes numb the fingers recording the crime that laid President Lincoln in the silent halls of death and made Tad fatherless. But the truth will be told, if needs be, with tremors and palsied hands, in the triumph of right and the exposure of the guilty ones whose crimes blacken history's page and to associate their names through all coming centuries." On his death bed John Wilkes Booth confessed to his physician that he was a Freemason...
“Virtus junxit, mors non separabit - Virtue has united, death shall not separate”
Scottish Rite Freemasonry - 1855
“A house divided against itself cannot stand”
President Abraham Lincoln - 1858
Lincoln medals and campaign buttons...