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From: "William Parmer" <>
Subject: Re: [APG] Lincoln's Bodyguard?
Date: Wed, 18 Jun 2003 21:48:16 -0500
Appearances are that Pinkerton initially provided protection for Lincoln, however, he departed Washington when McClellan took command of the Army of the Potomac acting as his head of intelligence. Unfortunately, he was partially responsible for the McClellan's thought that he was always outnumbered by the Confederates when that was never the case.
The Secret Service actually was not directed to provide Presidential security until Congress directed that protection in 1906 after the President McKinley was killed in 1901. Between 1865, when the Secret Service was established, and 1901, they were responsible for countering the numerous counterfeit operations that were in operation after the civil war.
I am working on assumptions now, but I am of the belief that Lincoln's security after Pinkerton departed would have been provided by the available military detachments stationed in Washington. This was probably most evident with the security that was provided for Lincoln at the Ford Theatre when he was killed by John Wilkes Booth.
Don't know how much this helped, just my thoughts. I would guess that they are some books in the local library that might give you a better idea on the protective services that Lincoln had.
----- Original Message -----
From: Ray Beere Johnson II
Sent: Wednesday, June 18, 2003 6:39 PM
Subject: [APG] Lincoln's Bodyguard?
In locating a death notice for a client, I
obtained an obituary for a man who fought during
the Civil War, apparently from Ohio, and who died
in my own home town of Franklin, Mass. in 1917.
His obit. states that he had been a member of
President Lincoln's bodyguard during the Civil
I have never run into this particular
subject before, and was hoping someone on the
list would know what record group the names of
men assigned to Lincoln's bodyguard would fall
under. Or any other likely places to look for
information and details on this. (I had always
heard / assumed that the Pinkerton Agency
provided security during the Civil War for the
President, etc. but have had too many 'facts' I
have heard / assumed to be true turn out to be
false, or partial truths, to want to rely on that
for a client.)
Ray Beere Johnson II - Genealogist
279 East Central Street, Suite 259
P. O. Box 95
Franklin, Massachusetts 02038
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