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The Last Lincoln Conspirator: John Surratt's Flight from the Gallows

The Last Lincoln Conspirator: John Surratt's Flight from the Gallows

by Andrew C. A. Jampoler
     
 

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With all that has already been written about President Abraham Lincoln’s assassination, one of the little known stories is the case of the only successful conspirator, John Harrison Surratt, the son of Mary Surratt, who was hanged for her part in the crime. The Last Lincoln Conspirator is the true story of John Surratt, who became the most wanted man

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With all that has already been written about President Abraham Lincoln’s assassination, one of the little known stories is the case of the only successful conspirator, John Harrison Surratt, the son of Mary Surratt, who was hanged for her part in the crime. The Last Lincoln Conspirator is the true story of John Surratt, who became the most wanted man in America after the death of John Wilkes Booth’s and was the only conspirator to escape conviction. The capture and killing of Booth twelve days after he shot Lincoln and the fate of Booth’s other accomplices are familiar history. Four accomplices, including Surratt’s mother, were convicted and hanged, and four were jailed. John Surratt alone managed to evade capture for twenty months and, once put on trial, to evade prison. The first full-length treatment of Surratt’s escape, capture, and trial, this book provides fascinating details about his flight through Canada, England, France, the Papal States, and eventual capture in Egypt. Surratt’s desperate journey and the bitter legal proceedings against him that bizarrely led to his freedom hold the reader’s attention from first to last page.

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Library Journal

Jampoler (Sailors in the Holy Land) provides an engrossing account of the life and adventures of John Harrison Surratt, alleged Confederate agent and the youngest son of Mary Surratt, who was convicted and hanged as part of the conspiracy to assassinate President Lincoln. John Surratt, however, was the only alleged member of the Lincoln conspiracy who ultimately escaped the hangman's noose. The author traces how the wily Surratt eluded authorities for almost two years across three continents, masterfully uncovering details about his escape-to Canada, England, Vatican City, Italy, and Egypt, where he was captured in 1866. Jampoler situates Surratt's criminal trial in 1867 in a larger perspective by placing it in the context of domestic politics, international law, diplomacy, and papal authority. Surratt was tried for kidnapping, which ended in a mistrial and his release. Thereafter, he lived in Baltimore, married into the family of Francis Scott Key, and died at the age of 72. Jampoler's research is meticulous, and this account is written in a style that immediately engages the reader, making it a welcome addition to academic libraries and all collections of Lincoln assassination literature.
—Gayla Koerting

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781591144083
Publisher:
Naval Institute Press
Publication date:
10/28/2009
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
312
Sales rank:
1,204,639
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.90(d)

Meet the Author


Andrew C. A. Jampoler spent nearly twenty-five years as an active duty naval aviator including a year on the ground in Vietnam, command of a squadron and a naval air station, and service on several high level staffs. He is the author of six other Naval Institute Press books, beginning with Adak in 2003 and most recently Congo.

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