posted on Apr, 22 2012 @ 04:18 AM
"After taking office Stanton took over the management of all the telegraph lines in the United States. Stanton also censored the press and in this
way kept full control over the news reaching the public. To maintain this system Stanton doubled the size of the War Department."
"Stanton was privately highly critical of the government and once told a friend that he could find "no token of any intelligent understanding of
Lincoln, or the crew that govern him". However, Stanton and Abraham Lincoln worked well together during the war. "
"During the summer of 1863 an agreement under which Union and Confederate captives were exchanged, came to an end. Stanton and Ulysses S. Grant
decided that the Confederate Army had more difficulty in replacing men than the Union Army. This included the decision not to take 30,000 soldiers
from Andersonville. When Stanton heard about the high death-rate in Andersonville he decided to reduce the rations of captured soldiers by 20 per
"It was important for the prosecution not to reveal the existence of a diary taken from the body of John Wilkes Booth. The diary made it clear that
the assassination plan dated from 14th April. The defence surprisingly did not call for Booth's diary to be produced in court. "
"In January, 1867, Lafayette Baker published his book, History of the Secret Service. In the book Baker described his role in the capture of the
conspirators. He also revealled that a dairy had been taken from John Wilkes Booth when he had been shot. This information about Booth's diary
resulted in Baker being called before a Congress committee looking into the assassination of Abraham Lincoln. Stanton was forced to hand over Booth's
diary. When shown the diary by the committee, Baker claimed that someone had "cut out eighteen leaves" When called before the committee, Stanton
denied being the person responsible for removing the pages.
"In his book, Why Was Lincoln Murdered? (1937). The historian, Otto Eisenchiml, suggested that Stanton had engineered the plot to assassinate
President Abraham Lincoln. The evidence for this theory included the employment of John Parker to guard Lincoln, Stanton's failure to close all the
roads out of Washington, the shooting of John Wilkes Booth, tampering with Booth's diary, and the hooding of the conspirators to stop them from