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 on: November 23, 2017, 04:26:37 PM 
Started by Randal - Last post by Cliff Roberts
Here's adding my wishes for a great Thanksgiving to everyone!

 on: November 23, 2017, 10:45:09 AM 
Started by Randal - Last post by Joe Gleason
A happy turkey day to you as well, Randal.  Happy Thanksgiving everyone!  Smiley

 on: November 23, 2017, 09:51:22 AM 
Started by Randal - Last post by Randal
I hope everyone has a great day and time to be thankful and to share time with their families. And let's not forget those who our serving our great country, abroad.

 on: November 20, 2017, 06:28:39 PM 
Started by Joe Gleason - Last post by Joe Gleason
Thanks Randal,
 I had no idea the Arnold's ran a business in Washington. I thought they were only running the Baltimore bakery.

 on: November 19, 2017, 12:49:39 PM 
Started by Steven G. Miller - Last post by Randal
That's a great post. I, too, have seen it written or suggested in papers and books that B.C. was "trigger happy" and disobeyed orders not to fire on Booth, but I never believed it. L. Baker was the source of some of those stories, if I recall. Who knows? I'm old now!  Wink

 on: November 19, 2017, 08:36:33 AM 
Started by Steven G. Miller - Last post by Steven G. Miller
Thanks for the kind words about my researching on line tips. I recall getting some quizzical looks when I discussed "strawberry runners" and the "Quote Mark brothers, Left and Mr. Right".

I must insist on a Point of Correction, however. Corbett has a bad rap for being trigger happy, but in reality he only fired his weapon when pushed to the limit. Case in point: during his second enlistment in the 12th N.Y. Militia he was constantly harassed by fellow soldiers for his outward display of religion. A couple of members of the unit recalled this years later, but a musician from the Twelfth recorded this and it was published a couple of years after the war.

These troopers recorded that Bos' was pelted with rotten fruit, stones and pieces of mud. For the most part he remained unfazed by it. This was in his second enlistment, during the Antietam Campaign. The diarist, a musician in the regiment, reported that he (the writer) had been treated incorrectly for a skin infection and that Corbett was doing his best to comfort and treat him. During a deployment to Winchester Corbett was the target of harassment again and was even physically attached by several fellow soldiers. The diary-keeper was bunking down in a building at night when the torment started up. It ended when a rock was thrown through a window in an effort to injure Corbett, but the diary keeper was badly cut by broken glass.  The company officers had mostly ignored the attacks, but finally had to chase the men off.

Corbett was armed, but didn't resort to his weapons. He fought against the soldiers, but was outnumbered.

A few days later, while riding on a train, the attacks continued and rocks were thrown at Corbett. After enduring this for a bit, Corbett finally reached his limit and shot one of the troublemakers through the fleshy part of his leg. This landed him in trouble, mostly when a sergeant tried to blame Corbett for the problem. Corbett leveled his reloaded musket at the sergt. but did not pull the trigger.

This pattern of drawing weapons when he felt threatened, but not using them, continued for most of his life. This was true during the war, in the incident in Ohio in the 1870s and at the State House in Kansas. He "drew iron" when he perceived danger to his person, but did not fire.

 on: November 17, 2017, 09:24:53 PM 
Started by Joe Gleason - Last post by Randal
Sam Arnold had two brothers, William and Frank. I don't know which one  though.

 on: November 17, 2017, 10:02:07 AM 
Started by Joe Gleason - Last post by Randal
If you can find the student "roster" of St. Timothy's Hall school in Cantonsville, MD, in the early 1850's, you could see if another Arnold was on there besides Sam. My guess it would be his brother.

 on: November 17, 2017, 06:14:29 AM 
Started by Joe Gleason - Last post by Joe Gleason
I see what you mean, Randal. The "Sam" letter is incriminating.

Dear John:  Was business so important that you could not remain in Balto. till I saw you?  I came in as soon as I could, but found you had gone to Wn.  I called also to see Mike, but learned from his mother he had gone out with you, and had not returned.  I concluded, therefore, he had gone with you.  How inconsiderate you have been!  When I left you, you stated we would not meet in a month or so.  Therefore, I made application for employment, an answer to which I shall receive during the week.  I told my parents I had ceased with you.  Can I, then, under existing circumstances, come as you request?  You know full well that the Gt suspicions something is going on there; therefore, the undertaking is becoming more complicated.  Why not, for the present, desist, for various reasons, which, if you look into, you can readily see, without my making any mention thereof.  You, nor any one, can censure me for my present course.  You have been its cause, for how can I now come after telling them I had left you?  Suspicion rests upon me now from my whole family, and even parties in the county.  I will be compelled to leave home any how, and how soon I care not.  None, no not one, were more in favor of the enterprise than myself, and to-day would be there, had you not done as you haveby this I mean, manner of proceeding.  I am, as you well know, in need.  I am, you may say, in rags, whereas to-day I ought to be well clothed.  I do not feel right stalking about with means, and more from appearances a beggar.  I feel my dependence; but even all this would and was forgotten, for I was one with you.  Time more propitious will arrive yet.  Do not act rashly or in haste.  I would prefer your first query, go and see how it will be taken at R----d, and ere long I shall be better prepared to again be with you.  I dislike writing,; would sooner verbally make known my views; yet your non-writing causes me thus to proceed.
Do not in anger peruse this.  Weigh all I have said, and, as a rational man and a friend, you can not censure or upbraid my conduct.  I sincerely trust this, nor aught else that shall or may occur, will ever be an obstacle to obliterate our former friendship and attachment.  Write me to Balto., as I expect to be in about Wednesday or Thursday, or, if you can possibly come on, I will Tuesday meet you, in Balto., at B----.  Ever I subscribe myself,
Your friend,

Additional evidence from the LAS;

A letter from H.H. Wells to Gen. Augur, dated may 11, 1865,

I have examined Mrs. Anderson and taken her statement. It is somewhat indefinite but it seems that Mrs. Rosin and her family who live at No. 134 Fayette Street, Baltimore, are strong secessionist, and on Saturday after the assassination of the President, were rejoicing over his murder. Her son, George Rosin, left home sometime during the prior week- came to Washington and returned and returned on Saturday after the murder. Ned Small, who is an associate of Rosin's, was also in Washington at the time of the assassination., and said on the Saturday following it, that he was in the theatre at the time the President was shot. It also appears from her statement that
Rosin and Small were both associates of Booth

Mrs.. Mary Van Tyne
May 5, 11865
I reside at 420 D Street ; am a widow, am a dressmaker and rent rooms. As nearly as I can recollect, on the 10th of February two gentlemen came and rented a room of me stating that they were from Baltimore. One was named Sam Arnold and until other McLaughlin or O'laughlin; he was called by both names. They were in almost constant association with Booth.

Booth would call for them several times a day. They frequently went to Baltimore on a Saturday, and stay until Monday, Tuesday, or even Wednesday.

I never noticed any arms in their room excepting once; a small pistol, it was in a small case somewhat resembling a shut- up pipe case. Booth used to drive around and get Arnold & O'Laughlin, and they would go out riding with him.

When they went away they did not leave any address, but two or three days afterwards a gentleman called and asked  if any letters had been left for Mr. O'Laughlin or Mr. Arnold. He said he was Mr. O'Laughlin's brother and that they could always be found at 57 Exeter Street, Baltimore.

John T. Ford

                         Q.   Where ere you on the night of the murder?
                          A. I had been in Richmond, left here Friday; left City Point in the morning boat.
                          Q. Who were  his ( Booth's ) asscociates here?
                          A. I never knew any except about the company of the theatre. I didn't know anyone he  
                              associated with in the city.

                           ... one last, and rather odd, statement by John Ford;
                            I was on the boat with Arnold; Thought it was his brother, but it was not. His brother
                            was a bad boy, would get drunk about the theatre.

Does anyone know about Samuel Arnold's brother? Huh

 on: November 16, 2017, 07:39:35 PM 
Started by Joe Gleason - Last post by Randal
I am remembering this, off the top of my head, as my computer is not in the Library Room. (where I can look up and verify things)  Grin

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