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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Despite all that has been written about the April 1865 assassination of President Abraham Lincoln, the story of John Surratt—the only conspirator who got away—remains untold and largely unknown. The capture and shooting of John Wilkes Booth twelve days after he shot Lincoln is a well-known and well-covered story. The fate of the eight other accomplices of…  See more details below

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Despite all that has been written about the April 1865 assassination of President Abraham Lincoln, the story of John Surratt—the only conspirator who got away—remains untold and largely unknown. The capture and shooting of John Wilkes Booth twelve days after he shot Lincoln is a well-known and well-covered story. The fate of the eight other accomplices of Booth has also been widely written about. Four, including Surratt’s mother, Mary, were convicted and hanged, and four were jailed. John Surratt alone managed to evade capture for twenty months and escape punishment once he was put on trial. In this tale of adventure and mystery, Andrew Jampoler tells what happened to that last conspirator, who after Booth’s death became the most wanted man in America.

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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:
9781612510095
Publisher:
Naval Institute Press
Publication date:
03/15/2011
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Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
312
Sales rank:
553,766
File size:
2 MB

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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