Some comments from Dr. Richard D. Mudd

 

B. Nash at the grave of Dr. Richard D. Mudd

B. Nash at the grave of Dr. Richard D. Mudd

 

 

Back in June 2014, I made a post on the Lincoln Discussion Symposium website which I now produce for my AbesBlogCabin readers here. Enjoy!

Years ago someone sent me a newspaper from one of my former hometowns- Monterey, Tennessee. The paper is the Standing Stone Press (Winter 1984. Dr. Richard D. Mudd, grandson of Dr. Samuel A. Mudd has an article on the front page: Dr. Samuel A. Mudd- Not Guilty.

I just started reading the article and find it fascinating. Here is an excerpt where Dr. Richard Mudd refers to himself:

It is difficult for me to understand why I became willing to carry on a crusade to clear my grandfather’s name. I have never been able to escape the story. It was born in me and will undoubtedly continue to color my life. On January 24th, 1901, I was born on the very street that John Wilkes Booth rode his horse on that foggy misty night, 35 years, 9 months, and 10 days previously, in fact Good Friday, April 14, 1865. Good Hope Road, known as Harrison Street in 1901, was a muddy, rutted carriage lane…”

Mudd goes on to state much more of his reflections on what it was like for him because of his name, the troubles his father had for the same reason, and why he came to conclude that his grandfather was not guilty. Great stuff!

As most people know, Dr. Mudd spent much of his life in an ongoing effort to clear his ancestor’s name. He even communicated with President’s Carter and Reagan. I can’t even imagine the weight that he found himself under being a “Mudd.” Then he became completely convinced of his grandfather being “not guilty.” With that conviction in his heart he worked tirelessly for that belief. Of course, Dr. Samuel Mudd’s role in the Lincoln assassination is still debated today. Which side do you fall on?

 

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