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The Disappearance of Sarah Slater: Confederate Spy and Lincoln Conspirator

Discussion in 'Civil War History - General Discussion' started by CSA Today, Jan 28, 2015.

  1. CSA Today

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    Sarah Gilbert Slater was a mysterious Confederate spy who worked with both John Wilkes Booth and John Surratt prior to the assassination of Abraham Lincoln but disappeared shortly
    after without a trace.

    Federal investigators began pursuing Sarah Slater after she was mentioned in a number of testimonials during the 1865 Lincoln conspiracy trial and the 1867 trial of John Surratt. Since her true identity was unknown at the time, those who encountered her often identified her merely as “the french woman” or “the lady in the veil” or sometimes mistook her for other women, according to the book “Hidden Heroines of the Civil War”:
    “Sarah was so mysterious she was often misidentified by her enemies and by other Confederate agents. A congressional committee believed she was Olivia Floyd. They were wrong. Three prominent historians said she was also known as Kate Thompson. The real Kate Thompson would have resented that. A fellow agent introduced her as Mrs. Brown, an alias Sarah used.”

    http://civilwarsaga.com/the-disappearance-of-sarah-slater-confederate-spy-and-lincoln-conspirator/
     

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  3. peteanddelmar

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    Probably "gone to Texas" or just GTT as some notes said.
     
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    I thought I remembered testimony from Atzerodt who said her name was Kate Brown? I'll have to look that up.

    Very mysterious character, for certain. I also remember that some think she also posed as a man to hide her true identity.
     
  5. peteanddelmar

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    Doesn't it just frustrate the pee waddin out of you that you can' t know ALL that went on with John Wilkes Booth and this gang of killers? And their plans? ahhh!
     
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    What a story! And what a mystery!
     
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    She is someone's long lost ancestor now...maybe yours!
     
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  8. Gregory

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    Gang of Killers? The only killers in the war was done by the North. After the crossing of the James River, the Rape and killing the Union did should still be a subject for War Crimes
     
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    HUH? This little group of people killed political non-combatants and yes since there was several I say gang.

    I wasn't addressing outside of combat murders in the whole war.
     
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    Political leader of the Union is not a non-combatant
     
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  11. peteanddelmar

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    Ok.
     
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    Political leaders are non combatants.
     
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    No they are not. He was a combatant Innocent farmers that were killed and ladies that were raped in VA. are Non Combatants. Lincoln was the one giving orders and was invested in the war, therefore he was a combatant. Edited by moderator
     
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    Tone it way down. Posted as moderator.
     
  15. Gregory

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    By your Definition, The South's definition says "You give orders" you are a combatant. Are you kidding?
     
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    Let's not hijack this post, if you want to start a thread on the topic you should do that.
     
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    Thank you damyankee. Let us get this thread back on topic. Posted as moderator.
     
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    I did not go off thread, I reply to a comment about "killers"
     
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    The topic of this thread is Sarah Gilbert Slater. That is the only direction this thread will go. Posted as moderator.
     

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