The Lincoln Assassination: The Evidence

The Lincoln Assassination: The Evidence

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by William C. Edwards
     
 

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On April 22, 1865, Brevet Colonel H. L. Burnett was assigned to head the investigation into the murder of President Abraham Lincoln and the attempted murder of Secretary of State William H. Seward. Burnett orchestrated the collection of thousands of documents for the Military Commission's trial of the conspirators. This deep archive of documentary evidence--consisting… See more details below

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On April 22, 1865, Brevet Colonel H. L. Burnett was assigned to head the investigation into the murder of President Abraham Lincoln and the attempted murder of Secretary of State William H. Seward. Burnett orchestrated the collection of thousands of documents for the Military Commission's trial of the conspirators. This deep archive of documentary evidence--consisting of letters, depositions, eyewitness accounts, investigative reports, and other documents--provides invaluable insight into the historical, cultural, and judicial context of the investigation. Only a fraction of the information presented in these documents ever made its way into the trial, and most of it has never been readily accessible. By presenting an annotated and indexed transcription of these documents, this volume offers significant new access to information on the events surrounding the assassination and a vast new store of social and political history of the Civil War era._x000B__x000B__x000B__x000B_With tears in my eyes I think it your duty to hang every rebel caught. I feel as bad as if was my own mother or father & will be one to volunteer to try & shoot every Southern man. May God have mercy on the mans soul that done such a deed._x000B_With much Respect for our Country,_x000B_I remain_x000B_Weeping?_x000B_--Anonymous letter, New York, April 15, 1865_x000B__x000B__x000B__x000B_I know Booth. He was in the habit of coming to my place to shoot. . . . He shot well, and practiced to shoot with accuracy in every possible position. . . . He was a quick shot; always silent, reticent.?_x000B_--Deposition of Benjamin Barker, Pistol Gallery proprietor

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"The work's value to a public audience [will be] . . . its reflection of the moment in American history. . . . A serious researcher gains assistance from the authors' knowledgeable footnotes. . . . This unique volume rides the Lincoln bicentennial publishing wave."—Booklist

“A gold mine of information and a major contribution to the literature on the Lincoln assassination. Highly recommended.”—Choice

“Edwards and Edward Steers have both spent years researching the Lincoln assassination, and have produced a voluminous, but handy transcription of the plethora of assassination documents compiled by the War Department.”—Journal of Illinois History

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780252091070
Publisher:
University of Illinois Press
Publication date:
03/11/2009
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Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
1488
File size:
3 MB

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