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Mike Fraering

Here is some obscure trivia: Dr. Graves served on the staff of Union General Godfrey Weitzel during the Civil War. He wrote an article about Linclon in Richmond at the war's end. Also he was a collector of Civil War artifacts. It appears that most of his items went to the A. E. Brooks collection.

Jeffrey Bloomfield

I have read the book by Barnaby Conrad. He is a descendant of Mrs. Barnaby, and he came to an interesting conclusion.

He decided:

1) the murder was not by Dr. Graves (who actually had quite a good reputation) but by Mrs. Barnaby's son-in-law, a wealthy Colorado merchant, mine owner, banker, and rancher. The son-in-law was extremely ambitious (and extremely disliked). He wanted to be Colorado's governor. He also wanted Mrs. Barnaby's large estate. He framed the doctor with a group of men including James McParland, the questionable detective who broke up the Molly Maguires, and Mr. Harry Trickey, the reporter who two years later committed a newspaper scandal by faking a story in the Lizzie Borden Case (Trickey was killed by a train in trying to avoid arrest in that incident).

2) Although Dr. Graves was convicted he was planning to fight the evidence in an appeal. The son-in-law bribed the warden of the prison and several guards to kill Dr. Graves,making it look like a suicide.

Conrad came to the conclusion that Graves was as much a victim as Mrs. Barnaby. As for the son-in-law, his business ventures eventually collapsed, and he spent the last years of his life alone and humiliated - nobody liked him because of his personality in his days of success.

Rob Hill

The National Civil War Museum in Harrisburg, PA has a Confederate frock coat that was taken from the body of the (likely) dead or dying owner at the siege of Port Hudson, LA. Apparently, the Confederate soldier (thought to be Lieutenant T. M. Bond of the 9th Louisiana Battalion (Partisan Rangers)) was shot through the back. A “Doctor T. Thatcher Graves” is assumed to have treated the man who did not survive. It was reported that Dr. Graves was a Confederate, but this now seems not to be the case. At any rate, the good doctor sent the dead soldier’s coat (complete with bullet hole and blood stains) and hat home as a macabre memento. It later showed up in A. E. Brooks Connecticut relic museum – an 1899 photo is still in existence. From there the articles disappeared when Brooks’s museum closed. Fortunately, a collector with a remarkable eye saw the hat and coat and a garage sale. Not sure if it was the same, he went home to check. By the time he returned, the hat had been sold for some insignificant amount to someone that nobody knew. Fortunately the coat was still there to find its way back into a museum where it remains today. (Boy, the things you find on the Internet.)

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