Skip to comments.Remembering Mary Surratt; Marylander and Southerner
Posted on 07/07/2016 7:48:06 AM PDT by Sean_Anthony
The home to the Surratts would be named Surrattsville and today is Clinton
The first woman to be executed in America took place on July 7, 1865. Her name was Mary Surratt.
President Jefferson Davis said;
I love the Union and the Constitution, but I would rather leave the Union with the Constitution than remain in the Union without it.
America had not yet celebrated her 85th birthday when the South seceded from the Union in the year of our Lord 1861. Secession was recognized as a God given right that was also exercised by the 13 American Colonies in their separation from Great Britain in 1776 to form the United States of America.
She was a great lady.
I honor her memory.
OK, I’ll bite. Why do you think the woman who hosted the meeting to assassinate Lincoln was a great lady? Or does the question also contain the answer?
I don’t know if she was “great” or anything, but she certainly didn’t deserve to be hung.
You forgot to mention the 13 *SLAVE OWNING* Colonies breaking from the British Union and having an Army led by a Slave owning General from Virginia.
Not to put too fine of a point on it, but the Founders are never hammered because all of the states practiced slavery. People ignore the fact that the presence or absence of Slavery had nothing at all to do with the fundamental right to become independent of a larger Union.
They grasp this completely as applied to the founders, but the minute the conversation turns to Independence for the Southern states, they instantly go right to objecting to their morality which was common and normal for their time period, just as it was in the founding era.
The question does indeed contain the answer.
The more I learn of Lincoln, the less respect I have for him. He is not so very different from another race-obsessed Liberal Lawyer from Illinois who became President and tried to "executive order" his way around Constitutional constraints.
There were calls for clemency for Mary Surratt but Pres. Andrew Johnson was adamant; “She kept the nest where the egg was hatched”.
Secession was recognized after writing a long list of grievances which the 13 states had suffered under the British Crown. The South was actually in charge of Congress and could force it’s ideas through Congress in most cases. There was no long list of grievances.
The Secession was the political elites attempt to maintain their political power while selling it to their people as fighting for their unique way of life. Most of the South would not have noticed if the slaves had been freed and sent back to Africa.
But the political elite would have been decimated.
Sorry T-Bone, my sympathy’s lie with the Stars and Bars, but I draw the line at supporting assassination.
It’s interesting to consider that had the North lost the war, or had eventually let the South go their ways, whether Dixie would have become the stinkhole that the Yankees have made, and are otherwise making, of the entire US.
(Oh boy. Get the popcorn!)
Last week I was at Andersonville Prison in George where 54,000 Union soldiers were interned Feb 1864 till April/May 1865...13,000 died in just over a year..
across the street there is The Drummer Boy Museum that has a black silk bonnet that is suppose to be the one Mary Surratt was wearing just before she was hung...
Of course secession is authorized - just read the declaration of independence. Also of course, you have to win to get to write the history.
Actually, she wasn’t the first. The first was Lavinia Fisher.
She was justly tried and convicted, and fully deserved to be hanged -- and worse.
The only injustice in her sentence is that her son, Bobby Lee, Jeff Davis, and all of the other traitors were not also hung and left on the gibbet for the disapprobation of the general public and the sport of carrion eaters.
So in fighting for the right to secede, Lee and Davis (et.al.) were traitors who deserved hanging?
Mary Surratt was sentenced to hang, but it is believed that the sentence was to flush out her son John, a Confederate courier, who had been part of the plot to kidnap Lincoln. The belief was that the son would not sit idly by and allow his mother to be hanged. Well, he did. When John Surratt was captured a few years later, he stood trial in a civilian court which resulted in a hung jury. Since the statute of limitations on conspiracy had expired, he was released. John died in 1916, and often made money giving lectures on the Lincoln assassination.
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