Corsican Assassin Waited for Abe


All aboard! All aboard, for the Lincoln Train of Death!

On February 11, 1861, in Springfield, Illinois, Abraham Lincoln boarded the Train of Death: Destination, Washington, DC by way of Baltimore, Maryland.


This meandering train journey would bring about the incident of Lincoln’s Scotch cap and cloak. (Background: “Lincoln’s Scotch Cap and Cloak”, Ersjdamoo’s Blog entry of June 9, 2014.)

William Yancey, a “fire eater” (rabid secessionist) from Alabama, had tried back in 1848 to break up the Baltimore Democratic convention. [1] The idea was then to disunify the Dems and pave the way for an abolition-favoring president. This, in turn, might be sure to provoke the South into secession. It was indeed the anti-slavery Zachary Taylor who was elected. Taylor was murdered by a bunch of “fire eaters” and his Vice-President, Millard Fillmore, was handed a big mess. Fillmore had a great deal to do with actualizing the Compromise of 1850, thereby averting catastrophe. Except for the heroic efforts of Millard Fillmore, the Civil War might have begun in 1850. If it had, the North would have been weaker than it was in 1861, and the South might well have successfully left the Union. [2]


Later, in 1860, this same “fire eater” William Yancey wanted Abraham Lincoln to be elected, as a casus belli. Yancey may have helped split the Democrat Party in 1860 in order to guarantee Lincoln’s election. There were two Dem Party presidential candidates: Stephen Douglas representing the Northern faction; and John C. Breckinridge representing the Southern faction. The Democrat Party in 1860 thereby became a “house divided” and paved the way for Old Abe (51 years old at the time). This inner division of the Democrat Party may have been intentionally maneuvered, to foment secession when “Black Republican” Lincoln was shoe-horned in. [1]

Michael J. Kline, author of apparently the only book yet to focus on the “Baltimore Plot,” agrees with this editor’s opinion of the dotard Buchanan, calling the James Buchanan administration a “pathetic caretaker presidency.” [1] (Background: “Dotard Buchanan Hobbles the Union”, Ersjdamoo’s Blog entry of June 18, 2014.)

Some of the “leading actors” in the Baltimore Plot include:

  • William Byrne, Baltimore businessman, who organized an armed militia called the National Volunteers. When Lincoln was elected, Byrne, an alleged member of the Knights of the Golden Circle (KGC), shifted his efforts to actually preventing the upcoming inauguration of the Illinois rube. [1]
  • Cypriano Ferrandini, Corsican immigrant and resident of Baltimore. Alleged member of the National Volunteers as well as a ranking officer of the KGC (Knights of the Golden Circle). Allan Pinkerton, disguised as “J.H. Hutcheson” of Charleston, snooped upon Cypriano Ferrandini. Even the tough-as-nails Pinkerton felt himself as if hypnotized by the influence of Ferrandini’s “strange power.” [3]
  • New York City Police Superintendent John Kennedy. He assigned several New York City detectives to Baltimore to investigate dangerous rumors. The ironically-named John Kennedy and his effort to thwart the Baltimore Plot is inaccurately portrayed in a movie from 1951, “The Tall Target” (starring Dick Powell).
  • Allan Pinkerton, America’s first private eye. His detectives worked undercover in Baltimore, as did John Kennedy’s detectives. Unfortunately, neither the Pinkertons nor the New York City detectives were aware that each other was operating undercover in Baltimore. [1]
  • John Wilkes Booth, already in 1860 a member of the Knights of the Golden Circle (KGC). Booth had joined the Baltimore chapter of KGC, which links the famous actor early on with William Byrne and Cypriano Ferrandini, among others.

“Fire eaters” (rabid secessionists) wanted to make Maryland their operations base. If Maryland could be pressured into secession, the federal city of Washington might fall into possession of the Rebels by default. Then, the North would have lost its central headquarters. [1]


“On February 12, 1861 (Lincoln’s birthday anniversary), in Cincinnati, coincident to the presence of George Sanders, a carpet bag containing a ticking time bomb was placed onboard Lincoln’s train. Luckily, an alert attendant heard the ticking and informed Lincoln’s security men.” [4] Now comes Michael J. Kline who, in his book on the “Baltimore Plot”, corroborates that in Cincinnati a time bomb had been placed aboard the Lincoln Train of Death. A contemporary press clipping cited by Kline states, in part, that “a grenade of the most destructive character” had been “found in a small carpet bag.” The carpet bag bomb “was discovered to be ignited, and so arranged that within fifteen minutes it would have exploded.” [1]

As for George N. Sanders, Kline confirms that among those present in Cincinnati on February 12, 1861 was Sanders. Not only was he in Cincinnati, but Sanders was stalking Abraham Lincoln right at the Burnett House hotel in that city. Witnesses later testified to having seen George N. Sanders in Montreal, in 1864, meeting with John Wilkes Booth. [1]

At the pathetic conspiracy trial of May 1865, a charge against the accused — a limited group of patsies — was read: “CHARGE: For maliciously, unlawfully and traitorously, and in aid of the existing armed rebellion against the United States of America, on or before the 6th day of March A.D. 1865, combining, confederating, and conspiring together with one John H. Surratt, John Wilkes Booth, Jefferson Davis, George N. Sanders, Beverly Tucker, Jacob Thompson, William C. Cleary, Clement C. Clay, George Harper, George Young, and others unknown…” [5] Notice that name, George N. Sanders, included above in the government’s own list of conspirators.

After the narrow escape from the attempted carpet bag bombing in Cincinnati, in February 1861, security on the Train of Death was tightened. The number of passenger cars was cut to only two, and permission was now needed to board. [1]

In Baltimore, Maryland at about this same time, Allan Pinkerton, disguised as “J.H. Hutcheson” of Charleston, a “stockbroker”, met with suspicious character James H. Luckett. Pretending to be on the side of the Rebs, Pinkerton offered a donation of $25 to Luckett. Money talks, and Luckett’s tongue wagged. The alleged leader of the murder plot against Lincoln was said to be a certain Captain Ferrandini. This man, Cypriano Ferrandini, would kill Abraham Lincoln in Baltimore, Pinkerton was assured. Then Luckett offered to introduce Ferrandini to “Mr. Hutcheson” (Pinkerton) at Barr’s Saloon later that evening. [1]


Cypriano Ferrandini was a Corsican immigrant. About 100 years later, in Dallas, Texas, a different Corsican is said to have fired the fatal head-shot which exploded the brains of John F. Kennedy. “In 1988, researcher Steve Rivele appeared in Nigel Turner’s documentary, The Men Who Killed Kennedy. Rivele presented information that he obtained from interviewing French-Corsican hit man, heroin trafficker, and international spy, Christian David. According to David, the contract to kill President Kennedy originated in Marseilles, France by Antoine Guerini, leader of the Corsican Mafia in that city. Three hit men were hired — all members of the Corsican Mafia. According to David, the hit men were flown out of Dallas, after the assassination, to Montreal. From Montreal they were flown by private plane back to Marseilles, France.” [6] Steve Rivele (a.k.a. Stephen Revelle) “said that [Lucien] Sarti was the one who had fired from the grassy knoll and hit the president in the head.” [7]

As arranged, James H. Luckett introduced “Mr. Hutcheson” (Pinkerton) to Cypriano Ferrandini that evening at Barr’s Saloon in Baltimore. Like the later Malcolm X, Ferrandini believed, “by any means necessary.” Describing Ferrandini, Pinkerton later wrote that he “felt the influence of this man’s strange power, and wrong though I knew him to be, I felt strangely unable to keep my mind balanced against him.” [1]

Said Ferrandini: “As Felice Orsini has given his life for the attempted assassination of Napoleon III, so am I too prepared even to die for my country. Mr. Hutcheson,” he assured the disguised Allan Pinkerton, “if I alone must do it, I shall — Lincoln shall die in this city.” [1]

(A version of the above first appeared at my Melchizedek Communique web site on May 15, and May 16, 2011.)

——- Sources ——-
[1] Kline, Michael J. The Baltimore Plot. Yardley, PA: Westholme Publishing, LLC, 2008
[2] Redman, Brian. What Would Millard Do?. 2009. Published by Also available as a Kindle e-book.
[3] Mackay, James. Allan Pinkerton: The First Private Eye. Wiley & Sons, 1997
[4] “Lincoln’s Scotch Cap and Cloak”, Ersjdamoo’s Blog entry of June 9, 2014.
[5] qtd. in Weichmann, Louis J. A True History of the Assassination of Abraham Lincoln and of the Conspiracy of 1865. New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1975. Emphasis added.


About ersjdamoo

Editor of Conspiracy Nation, later renamed Melchizedek Communique. Close associate of the late Sherman H. Skolnick. Jack of all trades, master of none. Sagittarius, with Sagittarius rising. I'm not a bum, I'm a philosopher.
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3 Responses to Corsican Assassin Waited for Abe

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  3. Jack Myers says:

    The Baltimore chapter of the KGC is the main subject of Knights’ Gold, a new book about how two boys exploring a Baltimore dirt cellar unearthed 5,000 gold coins belonging to the Baltimore chapter of the KGC.

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