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Alias ''Paine'': Lewis Thornton Powell, the Mystery Man of the Lincoln Conspiracy, 2d ed.
     

Alias ''Paine'': Lewis Thornton Powell, the Mystery Man of the Lincoln Conspiracy, 2d ed.

by Betty J. Ownsbey
 

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The most enigmatic of the associates of Lincoln assassin John Wilkes Booth, Confederate soldier Lewis Thornton Powell, using the alias Lewis Paine, was a key player in the postwar attempt to undermine the Federal government. On the night Lincoln was shot, 20-year-old Powell burst into the house of William Seward and attempted to assassinate the secretary of state.

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The most enigmatic of the associates of Lincoln assassin John Wilkes Booth, Confederate soldier Lewis Thornton Powell, using the alias Lewis Paine, was a key player in the postwar attempt to undermine the Federal government. On the night Lincoln was shot, 20-year-old Powell burst into the house of William Seward and attempted to assassinate the secretary of state. Captured shortly after the assassination, Powell stood trial for his crime and was hanged three months later. Powell and his role in the conspiracy has been the subject of debate for many years. Who was this man? This biography attempts to unveil his true character.

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Booklist
Reviews of the first edition: "a solid piece of research"
Lincoln Herald
a thoroughly credible job
The Civil War Courier
outstanding job of research...well-written and informative...highly recommend[ed]...excellent
From the Publisher
“It contains fascinating accounts of Powell written by his family and others who knew him. An excellent number of black-and-white photos of objects connected with Powell’s final assignment support the text. Ownsbey has crafted a book well worth reading”—Civil War News; Reviews of the first edition: “a solid piece of research”—Booklist; “a thoroughly credible job”—Lincoln Herald; “outstanding job of research...well-written and informative...highly recommend[ed]...excellent”—The Civil War Courier; “fills a significant gap in the Lincoln assassination...well researched...will be a welcome addition to Lincolnalia, and represents a true gem in the ever-growing mound of assassination literature”—The Reviewers Consortium.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780786476237
Publisher:
McFarland & Company, Incorporated Publishers
Publication date:
01/27/2015
Edition description:
Revised
Pages:
220
Sales rank:
332,497
Product dimensions:
6.90(w) x 9.90(h) x 0.60(d)

Meet the Author

Betty J. Ownsbey is an independent historian and researcher. She lives in Mechanicsville, Virginia.

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