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The 1862 Plot to Kidnap Jefferson Davis
     

The 1862 Plot to Kidnap Jefferson Davis

by Victor Vifquain, Jeffrey H. Smith (Editor), Phillip Thomas Tucker (Editor)
 

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Victor Vifquain’s memoir is an engaging, firsthand account of a bold attempt to kidnap the president of the Confederate States of America. Archived for nearly a century, the chronicle of this previously unknown and daring plot has been brought to light by historians Jeffrey H. Smith, Vifquain’s great-great grandson, and Phillip Thomas Tucker in a

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Victor Vifquain’s memoir is an engaging, firsthand account of a bold attempt to kidnap the president of the Confederate States of America. Archived for nearly a century, the chronicle of this previously unknown and daring plot has been brought to light by historians Jeffrey H. Smith, Vifquain’s great-great grandson, and Phillip Thomas Tucker in a meticulously edited and annotated volume.
 
The plot to ride into Richmond and capture Jefferson Davis was concocted by three brash adventurers, who, using pseudonyms from The Three Musketeers, were soon involved in escapades worthy of Dumas's trio. This stunning story provides a fresh perspective on Richmond during the Civil War and a personal account of a scheme devised to bring an early end to the war.

Editorial Reviews

Curled Up With A Good Book
"Vifquain’s memoir needed little editing, according to the editors, and indeed it flows very well."—Curled Up With A Good Book
International Social Science Review
"Recounting an uncelebrated but singular part of American history, The 1862 Plot to Kidnap Jefferson Davis deserves a place in the library of Civil War literature."—International Social Science Review
Daily Nebraskan
"Taking cues from fellow Frenchmen Alexandre Dumas and Victor Hugo, Vifquain tells his story with an air of daring-do that inspires a sense of awe in the reader. . . . Though the plot itself failed, the story is worth telling."—Daily Nebraskan
Nebraska History
"An important addition to the already rich selection of Civil War literature."—Nebraska History
New York Military Affairs Symposium (NYMAS Newsletter)
"[A] lively account . . . .Worth reading for anyone with more than a passing interest in the Civil War."—New York Military Affairs Symposium Newsletter
Booknews
A memoir written by a Civil War veteran in the early 1900s, documenting the adventures of three Frenchmen as they travel into the heart of the Confederacy to carry out a brash plot to kidnap the president of the Confederate States of America. Their story provides a fresh perspective on Richmond during the Civil War and a personal account of a daring scheme set against key events of the early days of the war. Includes b&w photos. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknew.com)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780803296305
Publisher:
UNP - Bison Books
Publication date:
12/28/2005
Pages:
198
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.49(d)

Meet the Author

Victor Vifquain (1836–1904) was born in Belgium. His family was among the first European settlers in the Nebraska Territory. Vifquain was awarded the nation’s highest military honor for his valor in the Civil War. Jeffrey H. Smith is a professor of history at Bellevue University in Bellevue, Nebraska, and is the author of A Frenchman Fights for the Union: Victor Vifquain and the 97th Illinois. Phillip Thomas Tucker is a historian at the Air Force History Office in Washington DC. He is the author of several books on the Civil War, including The Confederacy’s Fighting Chaplain, winner of the Douglas Southall Freeman Award.

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