True Crime in the Civil War: Cases of Murder, Treason, Counterfeiting, Massacre, Plunder & Abuse

True Crime in the Civil War: Cases of Murder, Treason, Counterfeiting, Massacre, Plunder & Abuse

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by Tobin T. Buhk
     
 

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Crime did not take a holiday during the Civil War, far from it. As Tobin Buhk shows in this fast-paced narrative, the war created new opportunities to gain profits from illegal activities, to settle old scores against personal enemies under the cover of fighting the nation's enemies, to pillage, plunder, and murder amid the carnage and destruction that seemed to offer

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Crime did not take a holiday during the Civil War, far from it. As Tobin Buhk shows in this fast-paced narrative, the war created new opportunities to gain profits from illegal activities, to settle old scores against personal enemies under the cover of fighting the nation's enemies, to pillage, plunder, and murder amid the carnage and destruction that seemed to offer license to legitimize such crimes. Students of the Civil War will find new information in this readable account. --James M. McPherson,Author of Battle Cry of Freedom Examines criminal cases during the conflict Cases include currency counterfeiting, tyrannical actions of Gen. Benjamin Butler, the murder of Gen. Earl van Dorn, raids by William Quantrill's Bushwhackers, the Fort Pillow Massacre, the horrific prison conditions at Andersonville, the fate of Lincoln the assassination conspirators, and more

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Armchair General
Buhk wrote an engaging, well-documented collection of tales . . . It is his efforts at mediating the sources, the "voices," that elevates True Crime in the Civil War above a simplistic version of Cops. . . . Both Civil War aficionados and fans of crime dramas will find much to enjoy.
— Neil West
Joplin Independent
A rare novelty in the profusion of writing about the Civil War, a volume that takes a different approach.
— Susan Branch
Armchair General - Neil West
"Buhk wrote an engaging, well-documented collection of tales . . . It is his efforts at mediating the sources, the "voices," that elevates True Crime in the Civil War above a simplistic version of Cops. . . . Both Civil War aficionados and fans of crime dramas will find much to enjoy.
Joplin Independent - Susan Branch
"A rare novelty in the profusion of writing about the Civil War, a volume that takes a different approach."

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780811710190
Publisher:
Stackpole Books
Publication date:
02/16/2012
Series:
True Crime Series
Pages:
320
Sales rank:
727,023
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 1.00(d)

Meet the Author

Tobin T. Buhk is a freelance writer who lives in Jenison, Michigan, and is coauthor with Stephen D. Cohle of Skeletons in the Closet: Tales from the County Morgue (978-1-59102-603-7) and Cause of Death: Forensic Files of a Medical Examiner (978-1-59102-447-7).

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True Crime in the Civil War: Cases of Murder, Treason, Counterfeiting, Massacre, Plunder & Abuse 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Have done lots of reading about the Civil War but this book brings out facts that I had not seen anywhere else. The book is well written and documented. Would recommend to all individuals who are Civil War enthusiasts. 
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A great read, not necessary to read in order, able to skip around and read what interests you. Good for the true crime buff as well as the history fan.