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Remembering Mary Surratt; Marylander and Southerner
Huntington News ^ | July 5, 2013 | Calvin E. Johnson, Jr.

Posted on 07/06/2013 2:46:26 PM PDT by BigReb555

The State Legislature of Maryland prepared to vote on secession in 1861 to join the Southern Confederacy but Federal troops were sent to squash their attempt.

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TOPICS: Culture/Society
KEYWORDS: greatestpresident; kkk; klan; lincoln; maryland; racist; revisionism; washington; whitesupremacists
Jefferson Davis President of the Confederacy 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. Some say America and the Constitution died a little with General Lee and the South at Appomattox Courthouse, Virginia in April 1865.

The courtesy and respect shown by General Ulysses S. Grant and his men to General Robert E. Lee and his weary men at the surrender and Lincoln’s wish for a peaceful re-uniting of the North and South would be short lived. The President’s death would be replaced with a bitter hatred by some in the North toward the men and women of the former Confederate States of America. It has been written that Maryland sided with the Union but the truth is….

The State Legislature of Maryland prepared to vote on secession in 1861 to join the Southern Confederacy but Federal troops were sent to squash their attempt. There is little doubt that many Marylanders resented this attack on their States rights and many were sympathetic to the cause of the South including the Surratt’s who owned a boarding house and tavern. The home to the Surratt’s would be named Surrattsville and today is Clinton.

Mary Surratt’s husband John H. Surratt died of a stroke while in Confederate service in 1862 and her son John, Jr. quit his studies at St. Charles College in July 1861 and became a courier for the Confederate Secret Service, moving messages, cash and contraband back and forth across enemy lines.

In 1864 Mary and her children John, Jr. and Anna moved into a townhouse in Washington, D.C.

The Reconstruction Era of 1865-1870 would forever change America.

July 7, 1865 was a dark day in America. On this day Mary Surratt, a Mother, Wife, Marylander, and Southerner would become the first woman to be executed by the United States Federal Government.

Mary Surratt was held at the Old Capitol Prison's annex and then at the Washington Arsenal. She was brought before a military commission on May 9, 1865, charged with conspiracy to assassinate President Lincoln. Her lawyer was United States Senator Reverdy Johnson.

Mary Surratt’s daughter Anna Surratt pleaded for her Mother’s life to Judge Advocate General Joseph Holt but he refused to consider clemency. She also attempted several times to See President Andrew Johnson, but was not granted permission to see him.

Mary Surratt continued to assert his innocence and at noon on July 6th was told she would be hanged the next day. She wept controllably. She was joined by two Catholic Priest’s (Jacob Walter and B.F. Wiget) and her daughter Anna. Father Jacob would stay with her almost to her death.

On July 7, 1865, at 1:15 P.M., Mary Surratt, Lewis Powell, David Herold and George Atzerodt were escorted through the courtyard and up the steps to the gallows as more than a thousand people looked on. Mary Surratt was wearing a black bombazine dress, black bonnet and black veil and either because of weakness from her illness or fear or both she had to be supported by two soldiers and her priest. She declared she was innocent up to her death.

From the scaffold, Powell said, "Mrs. Surratt is innocent. She doesn't deserve to die with the rest of us.”

Was there a conspiracy against the South and those sympathetic to their cause or were these people guilty of the conspiracy to assassinate President Abraham Lincoln?

Dr. Samuel Mudd an American Physician was convicted and imprisoned for aiding and conspiring with John Wilkes Booth in the assassination of Lincoln. He was pardoned by President Andrew Johnson and released from prison in 1869. His prison record however still stands and his conviction has never been overturned.

To learn more about Mary Surratt read: Mary Surratt: An American Tragedy by Elizabeth Trindal.

1 posted on 07/06/2013 2:46:27 PM PDT by BigReb555
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To: BigReb555

jeff davis was a coward, a liar, and an all-around POS.


2 posted on 07/06/2013 2:50:36 PM PDT by rockrr (Everything is different now...)
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To: BigReb555

As a family, they would be referred to as the Surratts, not the Surratt’s.
The apostrophe, indicating the possessive, would be used when referring to the Surratts’ house - after the S, because, again, the noun is plural.


3 posted on 07/06/2013 2:50:52 PM PDT by kabumpo (Kabumpo)
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To: BigReb555

Not Appomattox but Gettysburg was where General Lee lost it.


4 posted on 07/06/2013 2:56:52 PM PDT by gorush (History repeats itself because human nature is static)
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To: BigReb555

Mary Surratt was in it up to her eyeballs. She got what was coming to her. Good Riddance.


5 posted on 07/06/2013 3:01:32 PM PDT by Castlebar
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To: Castlebar

In addition to being a scummy slave owner.


6 posted on 07/06/2013 3:04:16 PM PDT by stinkerpot65 (Global warming is a Marxist lie.)
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To: rockrr
That about sums it up.

Fun fact: states had fewer powers under the Confederate Constitution than under the real Constitution.

7 posted on 07/06/2013 3:05:17 PM PDT by wideawake
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To: rockrr

Here we go again. I guess one could retaliate that Lincoln was a homosexual, hated the Constitution as much as Elmer Fudd and was a racist. One could, but what’s the use? The past is history; the victor writes history but, in the end, the Confederacy and the South will emerge the true victor.

Doubt it? Look at Detroit, Chicago and Philadelphia. Houston, Miami and Atlanta are heaven compared to the North’s plantations.

And to the NSA trolls, FU. And Deo vindice.


8 posted on 07/06/2013 3:06:18 PM PDT by NTHockey (Rules of engagement #1: Take no prisoners)
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To: BigReb555

“There is little doubt that many Marylanders resented this attack on their States rights and many were sympathetic to the cause of the South including the Surratt’s who owned a boarding house and tavern.”

The writer may want to consider a refresher course on proper punctuation.


9 posted on 07/06/2013 3:08:30 PM PDT by Wellington VII
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To: BigReb555
To learn more about Mary Surratt read: Mary Surratt: An American Tragedy by Elizabeth Trindal.

To learn more about Mary Surratt read: The assassin's accomplice : Mary Surratt and the plot to kill Abraham Lincoln / Kate Clifford Larson.

The author started her research in an attempt to prove the innocence of Madame Surratt; her research revealed to her the truth: that Mary Surratt was guilty as hell.

10 posted on 07/06/2013 3:09:38 PM PDT by Castlebar
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To: NTHockey

And the losers recite the myths...


11 posted on 07/06/2013 3:10:45 PM PDT by rockrr (Everything is different now...)
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To: kabumpo

Thanks for that post number 3. Very few Freepers seem to understand that the possessive of a proper noun is indicated by the apostrophe, followed by an “s” whereas the plural is indicated by an “s” (except in the circumstance you point out) and there is NO apostrophe.

But it seems to be a hopeless campaign.


12 posted on 07/06/2013 3:24:03 PM PDT by OldPossum
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To: Castlebar

The plot to kill Abraham Lincoln was probably launced in return for this.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dahlgren_Raid


13 posted on 07/06/2013 3:28:19 PM PDT by Conserev1 ("Still Clinging to my Bible and my Weapon")
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To: NTHockey

Well you know how Southerners can’t stop fighting the War /s


14 posted on 07/06/2013 3:28:22 PM PDT by mrsmel (One Who Can See)
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To: OldPossum

Correction: “(except in the circumstance you point out)” is not on point and should be disregaded.


15 posted on 07/06/2013 3:28:38 PM PDT by OldPossum
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To: kabumpo
Sharp eye but I guess you missed the author calling Mary Surratt a He! Mary Surratt continued to assert his innocence and at noon on July 6th was told she would be hanged the next day.
16 posted on 07/06/2013 3:33:04 PM PDT by Conserev1 ("Still Clinging to my Bible and my Weapon")
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To: OldPossum

That’s why the casino is named Caesars Palace and not Caesar’s Palace.


17 posted on 07/06/2013 3:35:57 PM PDT by SamAdams76
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To: rockrr

Like Mitt Romney?


18 posted on 07/06/2013 3:38:40 PM PDT by Rome2000 (THE WASHINGTONIANS AND UNIVERSAL SUFFRAGE ARE THE ENEMY -ROTATE THE CAPITAL AMONGST THE STATES)
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To: OldPossum

Yes, it’s a hopeless campaign, because they could care less! (Oops!)


19 posted on 07/06/2013 3:39:07 PM PDT by Revolting cat! (Bad things are wrong! Ice cream is delicious!)
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To: OldPossum

Thanks for writing. It has been surprise and a disappointment to me to see the same error over and over, every day - when I’ve never seen it before anywhere else. Where does it come from? Because it seems to afflict people from all over the country. Are our public schools that bad?


20 posted on 07/06/2013 3:45:30 PM PDT by kabumpo (Kabumpo)
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To: Conserev1

Yes, I did miss that. Don’t they have editors anymore?


21 posted on 07/06/2013 3:47:24 PM PDT by kabumpo (Kabumpo)
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To: BigReb555
...but Federal troops were sent to squash their attempt rights.

Fixed it

22 posted on 07/06/2013 3:58:00 PM PDT by SeeSharp
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To: All

The State Legislature of Maryland prepared to vote on secession in 1861 to join the Southern Confederacy but Federal troops were sent to squash their attempt.


Dear Author,

The Federal troops did not squash the attempt - they quashed the attempt.

Slight pet peeve about those two words.


23 posted on 07/06/2013 3:59:27 PM PDT by warsaw44
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To: rockrr

How many women did he execute?


24 posted on 07/06/2013 4:00:12 PM PDT by JCBreckenridge ("we are pilgrims in an unholy land")
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To: Conserev1

Facts are funny things aren’t they.


25 posted on 07/06/2013 4:01:22 PM PDT by JCBreckenridge ("we are pilgrims in an unholy land")
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To: Revolting cat!
Yes, it’s a hopeless campaign, because they could care less!

How much less could they care?

If they could care less, does that imply they care some?

26 posted on 07/06/2013 4:10:28 PM PDT by occamrzr06
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To: OldPossum

A crutch to help: “Priss’s blouse’s buttons fell off.”


27 posted on 07/06/2013 4:14:09 PM PDT by Mr Ramsbotham (Laws against sodomy are honored in the breech.)
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To: BigReb555
The courtesy and respect shown by General Ulysses S. Grant and his men to General Robert E. Lee and his weary men at the surrender and Lincoln’s wish for a peaceful re-uniting of the North and South would be short lived.

I'm thinking that reunited should be a single word, and short-lived should be hyphenated.

28 posted on 07/06/2013 4:16:59 PM PDT by Mr Ramsbotham (Laws against sodomy are honored in the breech.)
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To: JCBreckenridge

Yea if you can find the true facts in History now. Revisionist
will oblireate true History in coming years!


29 posted on 07/06/2013 4:19:52 PM PDT by Conserev1 ("Still Clinging to my Bible and my Weapon")
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To: BigReb555

There is (or was) a Surrattsville. I almost attended the high school there, but wound up going to Oxon Hill. Prince Georges county has gone down hill on a rocket-sled.


30 posted on 07/06/2013 4:34:25 PM PDT by tumblindice (America's founding fathers: All armed conservatives.)
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To: Rome2000

No but bobby lee will do in a pinch.


31 posted on 07/06/2013 4:37:16 PM PDT by rockrr (Everything is different now...)
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To: warsaw44

Interesting. I have been reading Washington Irving and
at the time they did not say splashed but plashed.
Not that that is the same thing, just curious.


32 posted on 07/06/2013 4:51:13 PM PDT by tet68 ( " We would not die in that man's company, that fears his fellowship to die with us...." Henry V.)
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To: warsaw44
The Federal troops did not squash the attempt - they quashed the attempt.

Hmmm. When I was a kid back in Oklahoma, we used to "squish" bugs that attracted our attention for some reason or other. That usually connoted a somewhat juicy end for the unfortunate bugs in question.

Now, I grow squash in my backyard garden (true). I squish bugs that try to make meals of my efforts, thereby quashing their attempts to despoil my squash.

33 posted on 07/06/2013 5:19:45 PM PDT by Ole Okie
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To: BigReb555

What next, the Eva Braun Fan Club?


34 posted on 07/06/2013 7:01:00 PM PDT by iowamark
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To: rockrr

3.5 minutes, pretty quick.


35 posted on 07/06/2013 7:11:10 PM PDT by central_va (I won't be reconstructed and I do not give a damn.)
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To: central_va

Just oiled my early rebel warning system ;-)


36 posted on 07/06/2013 7:26:01 PM PDT by rockrr (Everything is different now...)
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To: rockrr

But other than that he was a swell guy.(Not!).


37 posted on 07/07/2013 6:05:30 AM PDT by jmacusa (Political correctness is cultural Marxism. I'm not a Marxist.)
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To: central_va
Well if it ain't my favorite little Confederate crocus on the compost heap. What's up General? Had me a mighty fine this week celebrating the 150th. anniversary of your side getting it's ass kicked at Gettysburg. Yes sir general, a mighty fine time it was.
38 posted on 07/07/2013 6:12:55 AM PDT by jmacusa (Political correctness is cultural Marxism. I'm not a Marxist.)
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To: Castlebar

Mary Surrat was most certainly guilty and complicit.


39 posted on 07/07/2013 11:14:41 AM PDT by KC_Conspirator
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