|Column: A timely lesson for the Secret Service|
|News - St Augustine Area & St Johns County|
Secret Service agents nursing their wounds from the recent disclosures of incompetence in protecting the president should read Carl Sandburg’s account of how one of their forebearers failed in his assigned task on the fateful night in April 1865 when Abraham Lincoln went to Ford’s Theater.
Sandburg in the third volume of his masterful biography, “Abraham Lincoln: The War Years, 1864-1865,” gives a chilling account of how John F. Parker, a District of Columbia police officer and one of four assigned to safeguard Lincoln, botched the job.
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