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The Assassin's Accomplice: Mary Surratt and the Plot to Kill Abraham Lincoln [NOOK Book]

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Set against the backdrop of the Civil War, The Assassin’s Accomplice tells the gripping story of the conspiracy to assassinate Abraham Lincoln through experience of its only female participant.

Confederate sympathizer Mary Surratt ran a boarding house in Washington, and the depth of her complicity in the murder of President Lincoln has been debated since she was arrested on April 17, 1865.

Calling upon long-lost interviews, confessions, and ...

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The Assassin's Accomplice: Mary Surratt and the Plot to Kill Abraham Lincoln

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Overview

Set against the backdrop of the Civil War, The Assassin’s Accomplice tells the gripping story of the conspiracy to assassinate Abraham Lincoln through experience of its only female participant.

Confederate sympathizer Mary Surratt ran a boarding house in Washington, and the depth of her complicity in the murder of President Lincoln has been debated since she was arrested on April 17, 1865.

Calling upon long-lost interviews, confessions, and court testimony, historian Kate Clifford Larson magnificently captures how Surratt’s actions defied nineteenth-century norms of piety and allegiance. A riveting account of espionage and murder, The Assassin’s Accomplice offers a revealing examination of America’s most remembered assassination.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Mary Surratt was a Washington, D.C. tavern operator who was hanged for her role in the Abraham Lincoln assassination conspiracy. At the time of her speedy military tribunal and swift execution, Surratt's predicament generated considerable public debate about Southern resistance, Northern vengeance, and gender. History buffs will be enlightened by Larson's findings about the scope and scale of Confederate covert activity in the waning days of the Civil Wars. Laural Merlington does not get the opportunity to sink her teeth into the complicated human drama until rather late in the proceedings. Her portrayal of the emotionally-charged interactions between Surratt and her fragile young-adult daughter demonstrates her range as a performer, but such interludes prove rather fleeting. Larson's narrative remains tied to documentation and court transcripts, so listeners hoping for a full-blown 19th Century soap opera will need to turn elsewhere. A Basic Books hardcover (Reviews, Apr. 7).
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Larson (history, Simmons Coll.; Bound for the Promised Land: Harriet Tubman, Portrait of an American Hero) makes a compelling argument that Mary Surratt was deeply involved in the plot to kill Lincoln. Reexamining the testimony of the principals in the plot and of contemporary observers and sifting out the many myths and misrepresentations as to the extent of the conspiracy to kill the President and other prominent leaders, Larson shows that Surratt and her son were tied to Confederate spy operations, intimate with John Wilkes Booth's purpose and planning, and, in Surratt's case, a direct agent in the deadly act. Larson notes that the hanging of Surratt began the doubts about her role, for it shocked conventions and ideas about Victorian womanhood, but Larson allays any reasonable doubt about Surratt's guilt in her careful recounting of the lives of the principals, the chronology and character of their associations, and the review of the court record. Larson has written a detective story that should settle the case. Highly recommended for academic and public libraries.


—Randall M. Miller
Kirkus Reviews
The life and trial of the first woman to be executed by the federal government. President Andrew Johnson refused to commute the death sentence of widow and mother Mary Surratt for her role in the Lincoln conspiracy, consigning her to the gallows as the one who "kept the nest that hatched the egg." Already brutalized by four years of civil war and wild with rage at Lincoln's murder, the country had little sympathy for the boardinghouse keeper-that is, until her hanging. Her grisly execution shocked the nation's conscience, disturbing settled notions about feminine decorum. Was her trial a sham? Was her conviction a result of anti-Catholic bias? Was she wrongly turned in by witnesses looking to diminish their own intimacy with her co-conspirators? Larson (History/Simmons Coll.; Bound For the Promised Land: Harriet Tubman: Portrait of an American Hero, 2003) clearly establishes that "Mary Surratt was not only guilty, but was far more involved in the plot than many historians have given her credit for." Born in Maryland, Mary Jenkins converted early to Catholicism and at 16 married 26-year-old John Surratt, an abusive alcoholic who died in 1862, leaving her a townhouse on H Street in Washington, D.C. Through her son John Jr., a Confederate courier, she met the charismatic John Wilkes Booth. Young Surratt recruited a number of accomplices for Booth's dramatic plan, originally to kidnap, then to kill the president. At every step, it appears Surratt was deeply complicit. She ran innumerable errands for Booth, ferried weapons, hosted him and other plotters at the H Street house, covered for them at every opportunity, uttered ominous warnings to intimates about what was to happen and lied about itto investigators afterwards. Haughty and arrogant upon arrest, she remained a cool prisoner under harsh conditions. Tried before a military tribunal rather than a civil court-a controversial decision Larson appears to endorse-where rules prevented her from testifying on her own behalf and where she was ineptly represented, Surratt finally broke down under the stress. Although the author never quite brings Surratt to life, Larson settles all doubt as to the justness of the verdict against this most unlikely criminal. An unusual look at the conspiracy to kill Lincoln from the perspective of the only woman plotter. Agent: Doe Coover/Doe Coover Agency
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780786746460
  • Publisher: Basic Books
  • Publication date: 3/12/2009
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 288
  • Sales rank: 164,641
  • File size: 1,012 KB

Meet the Author

Kate Clifford Larson is an adjunct professor of history at Simmons College. She is the author of Bound for the Promised Land: Harriet Tubman, Portrait of an American Hero (2003). She lives in Winchester, Massachusetts.
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Table of Contents

Ch. 1 "Devoted Body and Soul to the Cause" 1

Ch. 2 Creating a Life, Building the Nest 11

Ch. 3 Rebels, Spies, and Couriers 27

Ch. 4 Keeper of the Nest 43

Ch. 5 The Assassin's Accomplice 69

Ch. 6 A Shrewd Witness 97

Ch. 7 The "Materfamilias" of the Criminals 117

Ch. 8 The Case for the Defense 149

Ch. 9 The Verdict: Swift and Deadly 169

Ch. 10 Scenes at the Scaffold 195

Epilogue American Tragedy or American Justice? 223

Acknowledgments 231

Notes 235

Index 255

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  • Posted October 29, 2008

    Mary Surratt's defined place in the death of Abraham Lincoln

    Written in a clear yet flowing style, Kate Larson offers us an unusual perspective of the Lincoln conspiracy. I know of no book on this subject that does not bring up Mary Surratt frequently, but I have never seen her in focuse. Rather than simply providing aid to her son, John and whatever Confederate agents who happened to be in his company; we see the real Mary Surratt. She came from a slave holding Maryland family of unwavering Confederate support. She had one son fighting for the Confederacy; another spying for them and was widowed to a husband arrested for transferring mail and military intelligence between Maryland and Virginia. The array of writings which portray her as something of a victim should check the sources of this work. She clearly knew all or most of the plot and aided it in numerous ways. After reading this book, her execution seems a logical outcome.

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  • Posted February 24, 2009

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    Author Kate Clifford Larson has had the courage to examine a historical question that still has the power to raise hackles: Was Mary Surratt guilty of conspiracy to murder the president, and if so, should she have been executed. In doing so, she has provided a valuable service in clarifying the evidence and coming down on the side of the courts. Whether or not the Lincoln assassination conspirators should have been tried by a military court is no longer the issue. Larson convincingly shows that Mrs. Surratt was an active participant in Lincoln's murder. Her age and gender, which caused considerable controversy at the time, should no longer color opinion of the outcome of her trial. Was she guilty? It appears, beyond reasonable doubt, that she was. Should she have been executed? That depends on one's opinion on the subject of capital punishment. Larson has provided a lively, objective case study based upon available documentation.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 20, 2012

    Very interesring

    Im not your average teen, in my wishlist of books i do have plenty of cute teen love stories, but this book is so inviting and it may be one of my top 5 on my wishlist. I only read the sample (which is only 17 pages) i found so much information. I must say Lincon had to be my favorite president...im not gunna lie he is my current wall paper lol. But this book tells you what you dont really know abaout "the first woman exicuted by the U.S. governement". It tells her story, and gives her a name...Mary Suratt. By only reading the introduction the book leaves you wondering was she innocent or guilty? There is evidence saying yes she did have a major role in killing Abraham Lincon but was she just going on her motherly instinct and protecting her son john suratt? Any loving mother can understand how hard it was for her to do the right, or wrong thing. I strongly suggezt this book to those history freaks (like me). Also a wonderfull movie to see is The Conspiritor which also tells the inyeresting and amazing story of mrs. Suratt.

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  • Posted November 26, 2008

    Very Good Book!

    I'm not a huge history buff, but this was one of the most informative books I have read.

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  • Posted August 17, 2011

    Recommended

    It's always better to find out what really happened and not what Hollywood wants you to know.

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    forgot to rate

    see review above

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