Lincoln’s Republican Assassins

by Al Benson Jr.

Member, Board of Directors, Confederate Society of America

Yes, you read the title of this article right. It seems like about once every decade or so a spate of books comes out blaming the Confederate Government for Lincoln’s assassination. Thankfully, it doesn’t seem to stick, because they have to keep repeating it every few years, while information about the Republicans in back of the assassination seems to dwindle on the internet. But, then, Big Tech being what it is today, should we expect anything else?

Experts have noted that, unless Trump does something to go after the mind-numbing efforts of Big Tech, they will manage to shift enough votes around in 2020, without people even being aware of it, that they can steal the 2020 election for the Demoncrats. And Big Tech today is firmly entrenched on the political left, so you can bet they will do Trump no favors. They will do anti-establishment historians no favors either.

A couple times in this series of articles I have mentioned as a good source of material on the Lincoln assassination and related events. In going over material related to Lincoln and his assassination I have come across eleven articles on this blog so far dealing with some of this. Here is another researcher that has obviously done the homework.

Back on July 23, 2015, he had an article on his blog called Inner Workings of Republican Assassins. He made some informative observations. He noted: “There were two factions in the fledgling Republican Party: The Radical Republicans and the Moderate Republicans. The Radical Republicans were anti-slavery, some passionately so. The Moderate Republicans, aligned with Abraham Lincoln, wanted to preserve the Union. For them the issue of slavery was peripheral.” It also goes without saying that the Radicals were in bed with the political left, but, then, so was Lincoln. So whether he was a “moderate” or not, I guess, depends on how you define “moderate.” While not a communist, Lincoln definitely had a socialist worldview.

Ersjdamoo observed that “The Radicals had planned to kidnap Lincoln, hide him, then bring fake impeachment charges against him.” (Sound familiar?) He noted that “But when Lincoln was re-elected…the kidnap plot of the Radicals mutated: now the President, the Vice President (Andrew Johnson) and the Secretary of State (William Seward) were all  to be kidnapped and control of the Executive Branch of government was to be seized…The big crisis came when on April 6, 1865, at City Point (now Hopewell, Virginia), General Godfrey Weitzel was authorized by Abraham Lincoln to give permission to the ‘gentlemen who had acted as the Legislature of Virginia in support of the Rebellion’ to convene. Edwin Stanton greatly feared this would set a precedent for other of the Rebel legislatures to reconvene and be recognized. Stanton, subordinate to the President, countermanded  his boss’s order. Unless a Reconstruction plan including occupation by Union Army soldiers was implemented, Stanton, head of the War Department, would have been sidelined and his importance diminished in peacetime.” And there was all that political patronage. Who would have that? Lincoln or the Radicals?

According to researcher Ray Neff, who decoded some of Lafe Baker’s messages, Stanton, after he countermanded Lincoln’s order said to Major Thomas Eckert “If he (Lincoln) would know who rescinded his order–we will let Lucifer tell him. Be off, Tom, and see to the arrangements.” Sounds like Major Eckert, who Lincoln had requested to accompany him to the play at Ford’s Theater, was part of the plot. Of course Stanton couldn’t let Eckert go to the play with Lincoln. Eckert had all these “arrangements” to make and that would surely kill his evening (and Lincoln’s).

According to Neff’s work at the decoding of Baker’s messages, “There were at least eleven members of Congress involved in the plot, no less than twelve Army officers, three Navel officers, and at least twenty four civilians, of which one was the governor of a loyal state. Five were bankers of great repute, three nationally known newspapermen and eleven were industrialists of great repute and wealth.” If this information is all accurate, and I don’t doubt there is at least some truth in it, then it demonstrates that John Wilkes Booth and his happy little band were nothing but a handful of pawns in this game and could easily be sacrificed with no harm done to the big league players involved.

Ersjdamoo made a cogent observation when he said: “The inner workings of Republican assassins cause Abraham Lincoln to be murdered on April 14, 1865. However, one Edward Steers Jr. claims that the Confederate government, not a faction of the Republican Party, was behind the assassination of Abraham Lincoln. The Steers theory however makes less sense than that of an intra-Republican Party coup d’etat. The Confederates killing the easy-going Lincoln would have meant for them a harsher Yankee government and even their leaders being hanged for treason. The assassination of Abraham Lincoln worked to the South’s disadvantage when tough Reconstruction policies were implemented. The benefit was not to the South but to Radical Republicans as well as to others.”

Do you begin to see how historical events are not always what we have been told they were? All you have to do is look at some events in our own day to realize that “The thing that hath been, it is that which shall be; and that which is done is that which shall be done: and there is no new thing under the sun.” (Ecclesiastes 1:9)

2 thoughts on “Lincoln’s Republican Assassins

  1. I seem to recall reading that by 1865 nothing moved in DC without the notice of the military. Lincoln was of no use to the elites or the military bureaucrats. He had to go. Johnson could be controlled and a drunken, drug addicted, Grant was on the horizon. Perfect. Lincoln had to go.

  2. Lincoln had probably done all they needed him to do and when he disagreed with how the Radicals wanted to run Reconstruction it was time for a parting of the ways, unofficially of course. Truly the Revolution eats its own.

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