posted on Nov, 14 2009 @ 06:30 PM
A great grandmother's letters shine new light upon the Lincoln conspiracy
This old daguerreotype photo is of my grandmother on my father's side, Mary Rosella Lacey, or Mom Mom, who died before I was born. She is wearing a
dress she made herself. Her father, John Lacey, was an Irish bootmaker who made boots for President Lincoln, among other people. She is notable for
raising five Flaherty children who all turned out well, and that is what defines her life for me.
One day I learned that although my family's ancestors, O'Malley, O'Higgins, Murphy, and Lynch, all had Irish names, I was not entirely one hundred
percent Irish, like I thought. The O'Flaherty's had in large part kept to themselves overlooking the pre-historic sea port now called Galway, from
the Connemara Mountains of northwest Ireland, an area never surrendered to anyone. But inevitably, around the year 1,000 our blood became mixed with
the Norman family Burke. During the Dark Ages it is rather unabashedly written, as though it were not blarney, that some of us removed further from
Connemara into the monasteries of northern Scotland, where we almost single handedly kept alive the written word, by reproducing the only remaining
copies of Brehon Law, the Bible and other sacred texts.
Once in America, it took the marriage of my grandfather, to unite my O'Flaherty group with another descendant of a Norman and Irish family, William
F. Lacey, and his wife, the daughter of an Irish, Scottish, and English family named Wilson. My grandmother Mom Mom's mother, who they called Nana,
was a Wilson.
Nana was a nice, well educated young lady, from an established family. Her great grandfather once owned farmland on what is now called Capitol Hill,
and her great-great grandfather from England had served on the Revolutionary War staff of General Washington. But according to her letters, that
pedigree did not necessarily make Nana think her side of the family was better than the generations who had lost the land before them. The negative
thing however, was that the once prosperous Wilsons were beset by the severe economic problems of the time. There were also a few footnotes to her
side of the family history that no one spoke about.
Nana's best friend had once started telling everyone what she knew, and they had locked her away for life in the Government Hospital for the Insane.
No one wanted to dwell for long on the fighting amongst themselves and the suffering that had created the differences between them. Neither did the
family speak about the subject when my father's aunt Katy used to bring it up, for she was regarded as the conspiracy theorist of his generation.
Nevertheless, Katy preserved some of the papers that my great grandmother, Mary Rosella Wilson, or Nana, left behind, and those writings in my
collection, as well as letters that have been saved by the James R. Dobbyn family, and Frances Flaherty Knox, mention the negative forces and those
responsible for the financial pressure that caused our family differences. And no family fight has ever drawn as much attention. Let's be frank about
it, and call it what it was. I'm talking about the Civil War.
It was a war fought over the interpretation of the sovereign rights of individual states; a Civil War for state's rights; the individual rights of
sovereign states to protect, and defend if necessary, their laws, their enterprises, and their citizens from external powers such as the federal
government and their masters at international banks.
Nana wrote that detractors used our family fight, this Civil War of ours, to prophesize the failure of our new form of government. They mistook the
reasons why we were fighting amongst each other, and they questioned what we were fighting about. They dramatized the incendiary racial, moral and
financial aspects surrounding the issue of slavery. They ridiculed our chances for survival as a nation. They said we were dreaming.
Some people thought we were simply fighting about the abolition of slavery, others insisted it was a rebellion against taxation. They just could not
conceive how the sons of the original thirteen colonies could fight each other for a principle that detractors of democracy never knew. They could not
comprehend any cause that would make brother take sides against brother, or fathers and sons occupy different positions on the field of battle. They
never learned that family fights are not fought to destroy the other side, but instead to compel the other side to be loyal and true.
Nana said slavery would have been abolished without the need of a Civil War, and the timing of the Emancipation Proclamation had been a strategic
thing. She said our family fight really started as a conflict forced upon the States, who sought to defend their independence, and the sovereign
constitutional rights of their states, from the tyranny of financially motivated federal interests. She said the sovereign states of the South were
forced to fight, to prevent the federal bureaucracy of the North, from overriding states laws, and heavy handedly deciding which sectors would prosper
or die. She said that both sides were fighting over the interpretation of a document that they both had assisted in writing; a document called the
Abraham Lincoln saw into the future. Before he was elected, he visualized himself helping to guide the ship of state though a practically unavoidable
Civil War, and into the calmer waters of a unified nation. He recognized the peril in a legislature controlled by financial interests, and so he
favored more government control of the currency. He also recognized that the abolition of slavery was close at hand. For those things, and because the
North was the seat of federal power, he was vilified as the symbol of tyranny.
Assassins lay in wait for him on his inaugural route. An alarming number of conspirators, from both the North and the South, both men and women,
planned his demise. Many individuals and several teams of agents were on call to kill him if and when the opportunity presented. Within the District
of Columbia, a city of spies, and foreign financial interests, there may have been more people against President Lincoln than for him.
[edit on 14-11-2009 by TrainDispatcher]