The Trial: The Assassination of President Lincoln and the Trial of the Conspirators

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"New president Andrew Johnson's executive order on May 1 directed that persons charged with Lincoln's murder would stand trial before a military tribunal. The trial lasted more than fifty days, and 366 witnesses gave testimony. Benn Pitman, a recognized expert in phonography, an early form of shorthand, was awarded the government contract to produce a transcription of each day's testimony. Pitman made these transcripts available to the prosecution and the defense, as well as to select members of the press." In The Trial, assassination scholars
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Overview

"New president Andrew Johnson's executive order on May 1 directed that persons charged with Lincoln's murder would stand trial before a military tribunal. The trial lasted more than fifty days, and 366 witnesses gave testimony. Benn Pitman, a recognized expert in phonography, an early form of shorthand, was awarded the government contract to produce a transcription of each day's testimony. Pitman made these transcripts available to the prosecution and the defense, as well as to select members of the press." In The Trial, assassination scholars guide readers through all 421 pages of testimony, illuminating Pitman's record. By drawing together the evidence that resulted in the conspirators' convictions, The Trial leaves no doubt as to the events surrounding the assassination of Abraham Lincoln, making this book a fascinating account of the trial as well as an essential resource.
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"Under the guidance of the experts — Steers's line-up is truly expert — readers will be able to distinguish between fact and fancy and come away with a far better understanding of Lincoln's assassination. Everyone with a general or scholarly interest in the assassination and the war will want to have this book." — William Hanchett, author of The Lincoln Murder Conspiracies" —

"Brings significant value to the field of Lincoln studies. Edward Steers is the nation's leading authority on the Lincoln assassination. His activities as a lecturer and a scholar have developed an impressive network in the Lincoln historical community." — Joseph Edward Garrera, President, Lincoln Group of New York" —

"Beginning with essays by Steers and other Lincoln scholars about Booth and the eight people arrested as part of the conspiracy, most of the book consists of testimony and legal arguments from the trial transcript. Far from a slipshod investigation, the case looks pretty strong against those accused, with witness testifying to their various meetings before the assassination. Fascinating stuff for history buffs. — The Hancock News" — Hancock News

"Reading about something is one thing, but reading the actual testimony - for instance, a witness's play-by-play of John Wilkes Booth's final moments - made the event real in a way I'd never experienced before. I had no idea that Ulysses S. Grant and General Hamilton (Alexander Hamilton's grandson) were among those who testified, or that so much energy was invested in tying the conspirators to ongoing intrigues wiht the Confederate Secret Service. In addition, the actual protocols and arguments are fascinating, taking you through the nuts and bolts of trying a case of such magnitude. The Trial is an invaluable resource and a world-altering reading experience. — San Francisco Book Review" — Glen Dallas, San Francisco Book Review

"The Trial's major strength is that it has been assembled by Edward Steers Jr., unquestionably the world-class expert on Abraham Lincoln's assassination. He has enlisted first-class assistance from other experts, each of whom provides lucid and thoughtful input." — Civil War News

"A first rate book that gives all of the details about Lincoln's assassination and the conspirators' trial." — The Lone Star Book Review

"The Trial is an invaluable resource and a world-altering reading experience." — San Francisco Book Review

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780813141114
  • Publisher: University Press of Kentucky
  • Publication date: 12/23/2012
  • Pages: 552
  • Sales rank: 941,783
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 1.40 (d)

Meet the Author

Edward Steers Jr. is the author of several books about President Lincoln and his assassination, including Lincoln: A Pictorial History, His Name is Still Mudd: The Case Against Doctor Samuel Alexander Mudd, and Blood on the Moon: The Assassination of Abraham Lincoln.

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Table of Contents

Preface VII

Introduction Edward Steers Jr. XI

The Military Trial Thomas Reed Turner XXI

General Conspiracy Edward Steers Jr. XXIX

Testimony Relating to John Wilkes Booth, and Circumstances Attending the Assassination Terry Alford XXXVIII

Edman Spangler Betty J. Ownsbey XLVII

Mary Elizabeth Surratt Laurie Verge LII

John H. Surratt Jr. Joan L. Chaconas LX

George Atzerodt Edward Steers Jr. LXVI

Lewis Thornton Powell, alias Lewis Payne Betty Ownsbey LXXII

Samuel Alexander Mudd Edward Steers Jr. LXXIX

Samuel Arnold and Michael O'Laughlen Percy E. Martin LXXXVIII

General Order Number 100 Burrus Carnahan XCVII

Military Commission Exhibits in the case of U.S. vs. D.E. Herold, et al. CI

"Lost Confession" of George A. Atzerodt CIV

Title Page to Original Edition i

Contents to Original Edition v

Illustrations follow page XCVI

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