Bloody Times: The Funeral of Abraham Lincoln and the Manhunt for Jefferson Davis [NOOK Book]

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New York Times bestselling author ofManhunt James L. Swanson creates anadaptation for young people of his adultbook Bloody Crimes, a suspense-filledthriller that sheds light on two fallen leadersof the North and South. One man, PresidentLincoln, assassinated, on his way to thegrave. Another man, the president of theConfederacy, Jefferson Davis, on the run,soon to be sent to prison. Their actionsforever changed the history of a nation. Onthe morning of April 2, 1865, Davis receiveda telegram from General Robert E....

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Overview

New York Times bestselling author ofManhunt James L. Swanson creates anadaptation for young people of his adultbook Bloody Crimes, a suspense-filledthriller that sheds light on two fallen leadersof the North and South. One man, PresidentLincoln, assassinated, on his way to thegrave. Another man, the president of theConfederacy, Jefferson Davis, on the run,soon to be sent to prison. Their actionsforever changed the history of a nation. Onthe morning of April 2, 1865, Davis receiveda telegram from General Robert E. Lee.There is no more time—the Yankees arecoming, it warned. That night Davis fledRichmond, setting off an intense manhuntfor the Confederate president.

Two weeks later, President Lincoln wasassassinated, and the nation was convincedthat Davis was involved in the conspiracy thatled to the crime. Lincoln’s murder, autopsy,and White House funeral transfixed thenation. His final journey began when soldiersplaced his corpse aboard a special trainthat would carry him home to Springfield,Illinois. Along the way, more than a millionAmericans looked upon their martyr’s face,and several million watched the funeral trainroll by. It was the most magnificent funeralpageant in American history.

James L. Swanson captures the rivetingstories of these two influential men as theymade their last journeys through the bloodylandscape of a wounded nation.

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Children's Literature - Janis Flint-Ferguson
The days leading up to the end of the Civil War are a rollercoaster of unbelievable highs and devastating lows for the country. Lee's surrender at Appomattox followed by the assassination of the president in the North, and the escaping Confederate government in the South shake the country in very different ways. Swanson's book is a young adult adaptation of his adult nonfiction Bloody Crimes. The details are mesmerizing and the weaving together of the times and the events is a masterwork in its own right. Swanson compares and contrasts the end days of two presidents, keeping focused solely on them and the impact their lives had on the people around them. Much of the book takes the readers on the railroad trip of Lincoln's funeral train as it crosses half the country from Washington, D.C. to Springfield, Illinois. The journey that Davis takes and the decisions that he makes as he flees the victorious Union Army are no less riveting. Though Lee surrenders, there is still much discussion about how to win the war and Davis is assessing that possibility as well as protecting his family as he takes trains and horses ahead of the Union army. This is a well crafted adaptation and a definite resource for middle and high school libraries. It is a great read for those who want to study the Civil War beyond textbook details as well as for those who just love the story of American history. Reviewer: Janis Flint-Ferguson
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Gr 6 Up—Swanson adapts his best seller, Bloody Crimes, for young readers and continues the story of Lincoln's assassination, detailing the funeral and the return of the body for burial in Springfield, IL. Juxtaposed with this compelling drama is that of Jefferson Davis, president of the Confederate States of America, as he learned of Lee's surrender and traveled across the South trying to keep the Confederacy alive while being pursued by Federal forces bent on his arrest. Divided into 14 chapters, the text vacillates between the stories of each man. After funeral services in Washington, Lincoln's body was placed aboard a train that retraced the route taken by Lincoln as he traveled to the capital as president-elect. Readers will be fascinated by the details needed to plan this trip and the people involved, including the embalmers who worked to keep Lincoln's corpse presentable. Just as riveting is Davis's fruitless effort to avoid arrest. He was imprisoned until 1867, then released on bail and never convicted of treason or of any crime. Illustrated with numerous reproductions, some of which are quite dark, the book is completed with an epilogue and a Who's Who. A brilliant book that is sure to be hit with history aficionados.—Patricia Ann Owens, Illinois Eastern Community Colleges
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780062036087
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 12/28/2010
  • Sold by: HARPERCOLLINS
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 208
  • Sales rank: 125,938
  • Age range: 8 - 17 Years
  • Lexile: 1010L (what's this?)
  • File size: 4 MB

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