The South is Avenged…
…is at least one of the phrases witnesses to the Lincoln assassination heard John Wilkes Booth shout as he jumped to the stage from the presidential box. The other, and of course the most well known phrase that Booth bellowed to the audience at Ford’s Theatre: Sic Semper Tyrannis!
Greetings Cosmic Americans! I wonder which of these phrases the Gettysburg Visitor Center employee had in mind when he or she decided to stock their gift shop with a John Wilkes Booth bobblehead? Both Kevin Levin and Brooks Simpson reported on this event – the story hit the Internet yesterday and didn’t take long to find its way to the Civil War blogosphere.
I offer only a few words in critique. It entirely trivializes a dreadful chapter in the Civil War epic (as do many of the souvenirs available in Gettysburg gift shops – remember the Kitty Cats?). But worse yet, poor taste aside – the toy is pretty vulgar. For shit’s sake – the man murdered the president.
Feel free to chime in.