Preston Brook's Riding Crop; Home of Lincoln Assassination Plot; Revolutionary War Cannon

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Questions involve a Revolutionary War-era cannon that might have sparked the war, a Greenwich village townhouse where the plot to kill Lincoln might have been hatched, and a riding crop given to the southern congressman who caned antislavery senator Charles Sumner in 1856. The cannon is said to have been stolen by the rebels from the British---who went to Concord to retrieve it on April 19, 1775. An actor known to have had contact with John Wilkes Booth lived in the Federal townhouse, which had become a boarding house by the 1860s. And the family of the southern congressman (Preston Brooks) believes the riding crop had been given to him by Jefferson Davis.

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