Abraham Lincoln

Native sons of Harford took different paths during the Civil War

Native sons of Harford took different paths during the Civil War

They were native sons of Harford County, born a generation and 13 miles apart, who left their homes at young ages and became historical national figures during the mid-19th Century, one as a revered statesman, the other as a mercurial stage actor turned presidential assassin.

Aside from their place of birth and deeply held – if disparate - core beliefs, Samuel J. Kirkwood and John Wilkes Booth were so far apart on the matter of slavery that it took the scorched and blood-soaked soil of the American Civil War to resolve.

President Abraham Lincoln was to figure prominently in both their futures.

Of the two, the handsome Booth, of course, is the better known, primarily...

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