Historian explores Lansing’s connection to the capture of John Wilkes Booth
Who says you can´t milk a horse? Chalk up another daring deed for Lansing´s Luther Byron Baker, the detective who led the militia unit that tracked down and killed John Wilkes Booth.
For years after Baker returned to Lansing, Baker was a fixture at the Decoration (Memorial) Day parade, mounted on his trusty horse, Buckskin. When the horse died, Baker had him stuffed and trotted him out on wheels. At personal appearances, Baker sold an “imperial sized” postcard emblazoned with a photo of horse and rider. An “autobiography” of Buckskin, written from the horse’s point of view, was included on the back.
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