Wednesday, October 14, 2015

Edwin Booth On Western Wednesday...!

When you talk about coincidences, this is one you should not forget.
Fate smiles on some folks at the strangest of times as this story shows. There is a lot of irony in this tale and in the history following it. Who would have ever guessed?

Less than a year before John Wilkes Booth killed Abraham Lincoln, Booth’s brother Edwin saved the life of Lincoln’s eldest son, Robert.

Edwin Booth

Unlike his now-notorious brother, Edwin Booth was a devoted supporter of the Union during the Civil War—but he also had a more personal connection to the martyred President Abraham Lincoln. In late 1864, Lincoln’s son Robert Todd was traveling via train from New York to Washington, D.C. During a stop in Jersey City, New Jersey, he stepped back on the crowded platform to let others pass by, pressing his back against a stopped train. When the train began to move, Lincoln fell onto the tracks and would have been gravely injured—or worse—if a stranger hadn’t caught him by the collar and hauled him back onto the platform. As he later wrote, Lincoln immediately recognized his savior as the famous stage actor Edwin Booth and thanked him. For his part, Booth only later learned the identity of the man he had rescued. His friend Adam Badeau, a colonel in the Union Army, wrote the actor to congratulate him for saving the president’s son, who by then was serving as Badeau’s fellow officer on General Ulysses S. Grant’s staff.

In nearly every story of history, there is a back story often as interesting. The parts of history we hear and read about today often only tell a small part of the whole. That's what makes history so interesting, if you ask me.

Coffee out on the patio this morning. Nice and cool for a change!


linda m said...

I don't remember ever hearing this story before. Amazes me how different family members can be, yet they came from the same two people. Good story for this chilly Wednesday morning.

JO said...

I had never heard this before either. Thanks for bringing it out for us to read.

Patio time is always nice when the weather co operates with us.

HermitJim said...

Hey Linda...
When I first read this story last year, I didn't even know that Booth had a brother! learn something new every day, I reckon.
Thanks for stopping by today!

Hey Jo...
Always happy to share what I find.
Thanks, sweetie, for dropping by this morning!

Dizzy-Dick said...

What a coincidence. I guess the one Booth saved a Lincoln and the other Booth killed a Lincoln. Life is stranger than fiction.