Devil's Game: The Civil War Intrigues of Charles A. Dunham

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Devil's Game traces the amazing career of Charles A. Dunham, Civil War spy, forger, journalist, and master of dirty tricks. Writing for a variety of New York papers under alternate names, Dunham routinely faked stories, created new identities, and later boldly cast himself to play those roles. He achieved his greatest infamy when he was called to testify in Washington concerning Abraham Lincoln's assassination. Many parts of Dunham's career remain shadowy, but Cumming offers the first detailed tour of Dunham's ...

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Devil's Game traces the amazing career of Charles A. Dunham, Civil War spy, forger, journalist, and master of dirty tricks. Writing for a variety of New York papers under alternate names, Dunham routinely faked stories, created new identities, and later boldly cast himself to play those roles. He achieved his greatest infamy when he was called to testify in Washington concerning Abraham Lincoln's assassination. Many parts of Dunham's career remain shadowy, but Cumming offers the first detailed tour of Dunham's convoluted, high-stakes, international deceits, including his effort to sell Lincoln on plans for a raid to capture Jefferson Davis. 

Exhaustively researched and unprecedented in depth, this carefully crafted assessment of Dunham's motives, personality, and the complex effects of his schemes changes assumptions about covert operations during the Civil War.

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“The first extensive treatment of [Dunham’s] mendacious career. . . . Well worth reading for a glimpse at the termites that are eternally at work in the foundations of historical truth.”--Civil War Book Review

“Cumming has done a great service in so fully and carefully bringing [Dunham’s] activities to the attention of scholars and anyone interested in the more bizarre and Byzantine aspects of the Civil War."--Louisiana History

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780252075193
  • Publisher: University of Illinois Press
  • Publication date: 3/18/2008
  • Pages: 328
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

Carman Cumming worked as a reporter and editor in Canada and the United States before becoming a journalism professor at Carleton University in Ottawa, Ontario. His publications include Secret Craft: The Journalism of Edward Farrer and Sketches from a Young Country: The Images of Grip Magazine.

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Table of Contents

Preface xi
Acknowledgments xv
1. Chameleon 1
2. "Cheats and Forgeries" 20
3. Castle Thunder 35
4. Reptile Journalist 56
5. Southern Life 81
6. Fire in the Rear 95
7. A Message from Richmond 123
8. "Private Business" 145
9. School for Perjury 160
10. Plots "Shrewd and Devilish" 181
11. Scorpions in a Bottle 199
12. Impeachment 213
13. "Protean Maneuvers" 238
14. Letters from Albany 247
Notes 263
Bibliography 291
Index 297
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