In the above image, Lafayette Baker is shown seated, with Kit Carson, “mountain man”, standing beside him. Baker later became head of the North’s “secret service” during the Civil War.
In a sidebar to an article published by the Idaho State Journal (Pocatello, Idaho) on Nov. 4, 1977, it is noted that to understand the murder of President Abraham Lincoln one must understand “the part played by Col. Lafayette C. Baker, head of the War Department Secret Service during the Civil War. The evidence that Baker masterminded both the Lincoln assassination and its cover-up, via the conspiracy trial that followed, is convincing to anyone who has studied the case in all its details.” (“Just Who Was Col. Lafayette C. Baker?”, apparently written by Vaughan Shelton, author of “Mask For Treason”. Harrisburg, PA: Stackpole Books, 1965)
When Baker, then age 36, had arrived in Washington, DC at the start of the Civil War, Secretary of State William Seward hired him as a detective, tasked with “anti-subversion activities.” But when Edwin Stanton became Secretary of War in 1862, he took over Seward’s “anti-subversion activities.” There was thus a power shift of the Union’s secret police from Seward to Stanton. Consequent to this, Col. Baker became head of the War Department’s Secret Service.
Baker, according to the sidebar article in the Idaho State Journal (op. cit.), was a thoroughly disreputable character who “spent most of his time spying on Washington officials for the purpose of blackmail.” Baker also allegedly “lined his pockets” with profits from contraband and “other thievery.”
By 1864, Edwin Stanton was forced to banish Col. Baker to New York City. But Baker, within a year, returned to the forefront via a plot to assassinate Abraham Lincoln, which allegedly “was Baker’s bid to recoup his fortunes. First, elimination of the President, which a large clique in the War Department desired, then a swift ‘solution’ to the crime” via the subsequent “trial” of patsies Mary Surratt, Louis Paine, Dr. Samuel Mudd, etc.
Later, there came to be a falling out between Edwin Stanton and Col. Baker, as explained in “Notorious Colonel Faked His Death?”, the Ersjdamoo’s Blog entry of March 4, 2013. Baker used “dirty tricks” against Stanton and Stanton retaliated by sending operatives to kill Baker.
Involved during this phase was something called “the Potter Papers.” These papers are supposed to have been created under the aegis of General Lew Wallace, who had been appointed by Ulysses S. Grant to investigate suspicious deaths which occurred after the assassination of Abraham Lincoln.
But according to Vaughan Shelton, in the main article from the Idaho State Journal (op. cit., “The Lincoln Conspiracy Movie Based on Forgeries, Says Historian”), the “Potter Papers” were part of some forgeries written by Col. Baker and artfully planted before he faked his death in 1868. In Shelton’s version of this, the “forged” Potter Papers were later swallowed as bait by the authors of a bestselling book from 1977, “The Lincoln Conspiracy”, also made into a movie of the same name.