Thank you for accepting my request to join this group. This is my first post but have been reading other posts for a few days now and it's all incredibly interesting. I've grown up Southern but I have always felt that learning both the Northern history and the Southern history of the Civil War an awesome privilege for my generation and the ones before me and hopefully after mine. I grew up learning more about the South. I do have to say I was saddened by the Confederate flag being taken down. It served a great purpose for the south. A lot of people believed it was just a "hate" reminder. I didn't. I'm glad no one is left from the Civil War wh0 would have had to see that taken down. I've done a lot of studying on the North this past year and am now to the point of the Conspirators. I would like to get as much information as I can on Lewis Payne Powell and Mary Surratt. I have found a great bit on George A and Mary S. but not so much on the other ones. I read Ms. Owensby's book on Powell. That's more of what I am looking for on Mary as well. The years that led up to their meeting. I have also heard anyone can get a copy of the trial's transcript. If this is true, please let me know where I can get one. I'm very interested to find someone from my family who fought in the Civil War. I can't seem to get out of this circle of fees. So if anyone can get me started there (for free) please help. I look forward to meeting (hopefully) many of you here.