Thomas Mealey Harris (1817-1906) Late Brigadier-General U. S. V. and Major-General, and a member of the Military Commission appointed by President Johnson to try the conspirators in the assassination of Lincoln.
Assassination of Lincoln: A History of the Great Conspiracyby Thomas Mealey Harris
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Assassination of Lincoln: A History of the Great Conspiracy: Trial of the Conspirators by a Military Commission, And a Review of the Trial of John H. Surratt, published In 1892, just twenty-seven years after the assassination of Abraham Lincoln, President of the United States, was written by Thomas Mealey Harris, Late Brigadier-General U. S. V. and Major-General, and a member of the Military Commission appointed by President Johnson. This account, coming from a member of the commission that was present at all of the hearings, presents a very detailed and accurate record of the proceedings. (460 pages)
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PART I. ASSASSINATION OF LINCOLN
Chapter I. Introductory — Chapter II. Preparations for the Execution of the Plot — Chapter III. Assassination of the President and Attempted Assassination of Secretary Seward — Chapter IV. The News Communicated to the World, and its Effect — Chapter V. Unraveling the Plot — Pursuit and Capture of Booth and Herold — Death of Booth — Chapter VI. Unraveling the Conspiracy — Arrest of Spangler, O'Laughlin, Atzerodt, Mudd, and Arnold — Chapter VII. Questions Preliminary to the Trial — What Sort of Trial should be given, Civil or Military — Chapter VIII. A Military Commission — Its Nature, Constitution, Duties, and Jurisdiction — Chapter IX. Constitution of the Commission, and Trial — Chapter X. Evidence in Regard to Atrocities not Embraced in the Charge and Specifications, for which Davis and his Canada Cabinet were Responsible — Chapter XI. Evidence Presented by the Government to Sustain its Charge and Specifications — Chapter XII. The Government Witnesses against Davis and his Associates in this Crime — Chapter XIII. A Criticism of Nicolay and Hay —
Chapter XIV. Jacob Thompson's Bank Account — What became of the Money — Chapter XV. The Case of Mrs. Surratt — Chapter XVI. Father Walter — Chapter XVII. Conclusion — Chapter XVIII. Flight and Capture of John H. Surratt
PART II. REVIEW OF THE TRIAL OF JOHN H. SURRATT
Chapter I. Indictment and Trial — Chapter II. A Criticism of the Defense — Chapter III. Treatment of Witnesses and Evidence by the Counsel for the Defense, and their Animus toward the Government and Appeals to the Political Prejudices of Jurors
Preface to Appendix — Argument of John A. Bingham; Special Judge Advocate, In Reply to the Several Arguments in Defense of Mary E. Surratt and Others, Charged with Conspiracy and the Murder of Abraham Lincoln — The Controversy between President Johnson and Judge Holt
....It is now more than twenty-seven years since the assassination of Abraham Lincoln, President of the United States, — an event of the greatest importance at the time, not only to the people of the United States, but to the civilized world. The trial of the conspirators by a military commission created the greatest possible interest; and the proceedings and testimony-were published from day to day by all of the great newspapers of the country, and read with avidity. The judgment of those who carefully studied the testimony at the time was formed upon a competent knowledge of the facts.
....And yet, even then, the fate of the prisoners on trial before the Commission, to be found innocent or guilty according to the evidence, constituted the great point of interest, and thus tended to divert attention from the evidence against the other parties charged not only with being co-conspirators, but as being the instigators of the plot.
....Since that time a new generation has come on to the stage of action, and as the official report of the trial by Ben Pittman, published at the time, is in the hands of but comparatively few people, a concise history of this great event, in popular form, but founded on the evidence, seemed to the writer to be due and called for at the present time.
....The necessity for this has been emphasized by a recent revival of efforts that have been made from time to time, ever since the execution of the assassins that were condemned to death, to prejudice public sentiment against the government by the assumption of the innocence of one of the parties executed — Mrs. Surratt.
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