Former stage actor John Wilkes Boothe made a brief appearance in Gettysburg before being hastily removed due to crowd displeasure. In the category of “What were they thinking?” buyers for the bookstore at the Gettysburg National Military Park stocked bobble head dolls of the assassin of President Abraham Lincoln.
A reporter from theHanover Evening Sun prompted the removal from the bookstore shelves after inquiring into the appropriateness of the selection at the site of the decisive battle of the American Civil War.
“The Booth dolls, which are about 7 inches tall and come in boxes that look like the inside of the theater where Lincoln was killed, sell online for about $20 each. They have proved to be popular, as more than 150 of the original run of 250 have been sold, and more are being made, Kansas City, Mo.-based manufacturer BobbleHead LLC said.” Odd News
Opinions are divided as to the appropriateness of the bobble head doll of Boothe at Gettysburg. Apparently a gift shop close to the Ford Theatre where Lincoln was shot also sells the gag dolls. One prominent Lincoln historian was quoted in the Hanover Evening Sun:
"It's like selling Lee Harvey Oswald stuffed dolls at the Kennedy Center."Harold Holzer