Robert, eldest son of Abraham and Mary Lincoln, lived until 1926. Some years after his father’s murder, Robert Lincoln was seen by a friend burning papers in the fireplace. The friend tried to dissuade him from burning the historical papers, to which Robert replied, “I must. Some of these letters prove that there was a traitor in my father’s cabinet.” 
In new Rome there walked three men, a Judas, a Brutus and a spy.
Each planned that he should be the king when Abraham should die. 
In a cursory piece published by the Barnes Review, author Pat Shannan asserts, “Even Edwin Stanton’s now-famous quote, supposedly uttered at Lincoln’s deathbed when the president was pronounced dead at 7:23 the next morning – ‘Now he belongs to the ages’ – was apparently written by Stanton later but never spoken at the scene, according to several who were there. Nobody remembered hearing it that way.”  However the more cautious Otto Eisenschiml was precise: Eisenschiml was skeptical about Stanton having said, “Now he belongs to the ages,” but was “not able to disprove finally the Stanton authorship.” 
As the fallen man lay dying, Judas came and paid respects to one he hated,
and when at last he saw him die,
he said, “Now the ages have him and the nation now have I.”
A curious book, This One Mad Act: The Unknown Story of John Wilkes Booth and His Family by His Granddaughter, was published in 1937. Today the book is most difficult to obtain. In the 1990s, I chanced upon it in “the stacks” of the University of Illinois Library at Champaign-Urbana. Izola Forester, author of This One Mad Act, claimed to be the granddaughter of John Wilkes Booth. Pat Shannan, author of the Barnes Review article, calls This One Mad Act a “70-year-old treasure tome.” It is an astonishing book, for the author claimed inside-family knowledge about the survival of Booth. Mainstream history tells us Booth died at Richard H. Garrett’s farm on April 26, 1865. Yet the “dead” Booth, according to Izola Forester, sired a son born in 1870, Harry Stevenson, Jr. 
In 1859, Izola Forester’s grandmother, Izola D’Arcy (also known as Izola Martha), was a teen beauty, swept off her feet by the cavalier, 20-year-old swashbuckler, John Wilkes Booth. They eloped and were married by a preacher, awakened in the wee hours to perform the ceremony. The couple then dashed off in their carriage to honeymoon romance, in brother Edwin Booth’s deserted seaside dwelling. (Background: This One Mad Act, Ersjdamoo’s Blog, March 1, 2013.)
It was many and many a year ago,
In a kingdom by the sea… 
It was many and many a year ago. A book published in 1960, Meet Mr. Lincoln (by Richard Hanser & Donald B. Hyatt), was filled with photos from the American Civil War. When but a lad, I spent hours fascinated by those images from a bygone time. “Tell me what you know,” I wished for the pictures to inform me. The photos were real, not just interpretations of bygone events. There was some truth there. Something big had happened.
The wish to know can lead to strange paths. Sometime around 1970, Dell Leonardi, a hypno-therapist, worked with a young man she refers to as “Wesley.” One day, she hypnotized him and brought him back in time: 5 years old; 2 years old; 1 day old. But Leonardi continued going back, to an apparently previous incarnation of Wesley.
LEONARDI: You are now somewhere in the 1800s. What is your full name?
WESLEY: My name is… John Wilkes Booth. 
Dubious? Yet just as dubious are many of the purported histories. Mainstream historians have their slant. So do some alternative historians, such as Pat Shannan, who calls the 16th U.S. President “Scoundrel Lincoln.” There were three areas involved in the Civil War: besides North and South there was what was called at the time the Northwest – roughly Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Iowa, and Wisconsin. Soldiers from there were called “the wild men from the West.”
In the September 30, 1862 entry of Gideon Welles’ diary, the following paragraph is found:
The President [Lincoln] informed us of his interview with [Major John] Key, one of [General Henry] Halleck’s staff, who said it was not the game of the army to capture the Rebels at Antietam, for that would give the North advantage and end slavery, it was the policy of the army officers to exhaust both sides and then enforce a compromise which would save slavery. 
“Not Wanted – Victory in the East” was how Otto Eisenschiml summarized the situation in chapter 24 of his book, Why Was Lincoln Murdered? (1937). Eisenschiml theorized an early victory by the Union was not wanted in order that the war would drag on, thereby embittering the people of the North and furthering a plan to subjugate the South and abolish slavery.
Echoing Otto Eisenschiml’s suspicions that the Civil War was needlessly prolonged, Warren Getler & Bob Brewer mention the “strange incompetence” of Union general George McClellan, in their book, Rebel Gold (also published as Shadow of the Sentinel). In Dark Union, authors Leonard Guttridge & Ray Neff suggest similar treason hidden within the Union itself.
It was “the wild men from the West”, led by Generals Ulysses S. Grant and William Tecumseh Sherman, who finally put an end to a mutually profitable cotton smuggling arrangement which benefited powerful persons in the North and South. Abraham Lincoln also was one of these “wild men from the West.” General Sherman served under General Grant in 1862 and 1863 during the campaigns that led to the fall of the Confederate stronghold of Vicksburg on the Mississippi River and culminated with the routing of the Confederate armies in the state of Tennessee. In 1864, Sherman succeeded Grant as the Union commander in the western theater of the war. He proceeded to lead his troops to the capture of the city of Atlanta, a military success that contributed to the re-election of U.S. President Abraham Lincoln. Sherman’s subsequent march through Georgia and the Carolinas further undermined the Confederacy’s ability to continue fighting. 
Much sophomoric discussion of the Civil War has erupted lately consequent to major passion about the Confederate flag. The usual idiots can be found chasing the spotlight. But who discerns the third view, beyond North and South, that of the “wild men from the West”? Leader of the wild men was Abraham Lincoln. In a letter to Horace Greeley, Old Abe was quite explicit: “My paramount object in this struggle is to save the Union, and is not either to save or to destroy slavery. If I could save the Union without freeing any slave I would do it, and if I could save it by freeing all the slaves I would do it; and if I could save it by freeing some and leaving others alone I would also do that.” 
Britain and France had imperialist designs upon the North American continent. Britain especially fomented agitation on both sides of the slavery issue. The British plan was to “divide and conquer.” If the Union had not been preserved, France would have remained in Mexico. Yet poorly informed persons seem to think Abraham Lincoln should have just been a good Libertarian and let everyone do their own thing. If that had happened, we would have been once again under the thumb of Britain (in the North), and France would have absorbed the Confederacy via Mexico.
As it happens though, we are now under the thumb of the City of London Corporation, part of the “blowback” originating with the April 14, 1865 intra-Republican Party coup d’état. (Background: Blowback From Intra-Party Coup d’état, Ersjdamoo’s Blog, July 17, 2015.)
——- Sources ——-
 “Wanted: The Hidden History of Lincoln’s Assassin”, by Pat Shannan. (See caption under drawing of Lincoln deathbed.) Barnes Review (May/June 2008).
 Escape Of Lafayette Baker, Ersjdamoo’s Blog, July 18, 2015. https://ersjdamoo.wordpress.com/2015/07/18/escape-of-lafayette-baker/
 “He Studies Like Detective”, Dave Felts’ Column, Southern Illinoisan, April 11, 1963. (Page 4).
 “Annabel Lee”, by Edgar Allan Poe.
 “Booth Tells All!”, Ersjdamoo’s Blog, June 30, 2014. https://ersjdamoo.wordpress.com/2014/06/30/booth-tells-all/
 “Astounding Entry From Gideon Welles”, Ersjdamoo’s Blog, July 11, 2015. https://ersjdamoo.wordpress.com/2015/07/11/astounding-entry-from-gideon-welles/
 “William Tecumseh Sherman”, Wikipedia, July 19, 2015.
 “Letter to Horace Greeley”, by Abraham Lincoln. August 22, 1862. http://www.abrahamlincolnonline.org/lincoln/speeches/greeley.htm