A. Lincoln: His Last 24 Hours

A. Lincoln: His Last 24 Hours

by W. Emerson Reck


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Mystery and speculation have been associated with the assassination of Abraham Lincoln for more than a century. Here is a thorough documentation, based on 30 years of research, of the activities and struggles of the President during his last day, along with events leading up to the assassination. Eyewitness accounts, never-before-published facts, Booth’s activities on April 14, the reaction of the city, physician’s efforts—and many other factors large and small are covered. A four-part appendix explains still unresolved mysteries surrounding this fascinating historical event. Photos are generally the rare and the little-seen, including a few never before published.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781570030086
Publisher: University of South Carolina Press
Publication date: 05/01/1994
Pages: 232
Product dimensions: 6.06(w) x 9.01(h) x 0.61(d)

About the Author

The late W. Emerson Reck was vice president of Wittenberg University (Springfield, Ohio), and a historical writer for American History Illustrated, the Lincoln Herald and Blue and Gray.

Table of Contents

Table of Contents

Preface 1

1. “He Was Full of Hope and Happiness” 7

2. Visitors Note His “Exuberant Mood” 19

3. “There Must Be No Bloody Work” 31

4. Urgent Business, but Time for Good Deeds 41

5. “I Never Saw Him So Supremely Cheerful” 47

6. Reluctantly He Starts for the Theatre 53

7. The Stage Is Set for Murder 63

8. Lincoln’s Guard Leaves His Post 81

9. Tragedy Strikes, Mary’s Hand in His 89

10. “It Is Impossible for Him to Recover” 113

11. “Now He Belongs to the Ages” 127

Appendix: Some Unsolved Mysteries 161

1. Eli K. Price and His $500 Check 161

2. The Guard with a Shoddy Record 162

3. Light on the Missing Dispatch 165

4. Course of the Ball, Still Undetermined 167

Notes 171

Bibliography 199

Index 223

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