Alias Paine: Lewis Thornton Powell, the Mystery Man of the Lincoln Conspiracy
  • Alias Paine: Lewis Thornton Powell, the Mystery Man of the Lincoln Conspiracy
  • Alias Paine: Lewis Thornton Powell, the Mystery Man of the Lincoln Conspiracy

Alias Paine: Lewis Thornton Powell, the Mystery Man of the Lincoln Conspiracy

by Betty J. Ownsbey
     
 

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On the night that John Wilkes Booth killed President Abraham Lincoln, 20-year-old Lewis Powell burst into the house of William Seward and attempted to assassinate the Secretary of State. Under the alias Lewis Paine, he was convicted and hanged three months later along with three other Lincoln conspirators. A former Confederate soldier, Powell’s role in the Lincoln… See more details below

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On the night that John Wilkes Booth killed President Abraham Lincoln, 20-year-old Lewis Powell burst into the house of William Seward and attempted to assassinate the Secretary of State. Under the alias Lewis Paine, he was convicted and hanged three months later along with three other Lincoln conspirators. A former Confederate soldier, Powell’s role in the Lincoln conspiracy has been the subject of a great deal of debate. Was Powell simply a Southern sympathizer who participated in an organized plot to kidnap Lincoln and exchange him for Confederate prisoners of war? Or was he recruited from Mosby’s Rangers for special duty directed at the president and his cabinet? Through research on his life and military activities, these questions and others are answered.

Editorial Reviews

The Civil War Courier
outstanding job of research...well-written and informative...highly recommend[ed]...excellent
Booklist
a solid piece of research
Lincoln Herald
a thoroughly credible job

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780786425556
Publisher:
McFarland & Company, Incorporated Publishers
Publication date:
11/29/2005
Edition description:
ALT
Pages:
247
Product dimensions:
9.00(w) x 6.00(h) x 0.80(d)

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