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Bloody Times: The Funeral of Abraham Lincoln and the Manhunt for Jefferson Davis
     

Bloody Times: The Funeral of Abraham Lincoln and the Manhunt for Jefferson Davis

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by James L. Swanson
 

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A suspense-filled true-crime thriller that brings to life two epic events of the Civil War era: the chase to apprehend Confederate president Jefferson Davis and the momentous 20-day funeral that took Abraham Lincoln’s body home to Springfield following his assassination. Bloody Times is New York Times bestselling author James L.

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A suspense-filled true-crime thriller that brings to life two epic events of the Civil War era: the chase to apprehend Confederate president Jefferson Davis and the momentous 20-day funeral that took Abraham Lincoln’s body home to Springfield following his assassination. Bloody Times is New York Times bestselling author James L. Swanson’s young readers' adaptation of his acclaimed book for adults Bloody Crimes.

A true tale full of fascinating twists and turns, and lavishly illustrated with dozens of rare historical images—some never before seen—Bloody Times captures the riveting stories of these two influential men as they made their last journeys through the bloody landscape of a wounded nation.

This young readers’ edition contains a note from the author, a glossary, a list of important figures of the Civil War era, and a guide to visiting the sites mentioned in the book.

Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Janis Flint-Ferguson
The days leading up to the end of the Civil War are a rollercoaster of unbelievable highs and devastating lows for the country. Lee's surrender at Appomattox followed by the assassination of the president in the North, and the escaping Confederate government in the South shake the country in very different ways. Swanson's book is a young adult adaptation of his adult nonfiction Bloody Crimes. The details are mesmerizing and the weaving together of the times and the events is a masterwork in its own right. Swanson compares and contrasts the end days of two presidents, keeping focused solely on them and the impact their lives had on the people around them. Much of the book takes the readers on the railroad trip of Lincoln's funeral train as it crosses half the country from Washington, D.C. to Springfield, Illinois. The journey that Davis takes and the decisions that he makes as he flees the victorious Union Army are no less riveting. Though Lee surrenders, there is still much discussion about how to win the war and Davis is assessing that possibility as well as protecting his family as he takes trains and horses ahead of the Union army. This is a well crafted adaptation and a definite resource for middle and high school libraries. It is a great read for those who want to study the Civil War beyond textbook details as well as for those who just love the story of American history. Reviewer: Janis Flint-Ferguson
School Library Journal
Gr 6 Up—Swanson adapts his best seller, Bloody Crimes, for young readers and continues the story of Lincoln's assassination, detailing the funeral and the return of the body for burial in Springfield, IL. Juxtaposed with this compelling drama is that of Jefferson Davis, president of the Confederate States of America, as he learned of Lee's surrender and traveled across the South trying to keep the Confederacy alive while being pursued by Federal forces bent on his arrest. Divided into 14 chapters, the text vacillates between the stories of each man. After funeral services in Washington, Lincoln's body was placed aboard a train that retraced the route taken by Lincoln as he traveled to the capital as president-elect. Readers will be fascinated by the details needed to plan this trip and the people involved, including the embalmers who worked to keep Lincoln's corpse presentable. Just as riveting is Davis's fruitless effort to avoid arrest. He was imprisoned until 1867, then released on bail and never convicted of treason or of any crime. Illustrated with numerous reproductions, some of which are quite dark, the book is completed with an epilogue and a Who's Who. A brilliant book that is sure to be hit with history aficionados.—Patricia Ann Owens, Illinois Eastern Community Colleges

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780061560897
Publisher:
HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date:
12/28/2010
Pages:
196
Sales rank:
289,224
Product dimensions:
9.52(w) x 11.34(h) x 0.77(d)
Lexile:
1010L (what's this?)
Age Range:
12 - 17 Years

Meet the Author

James Swanson is the Edgar Award-winning author of the New York Times bestsellers Manhunt and its sequel, Bloody Crimes.

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Bloody Times 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 19 reviews.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This author is great i read all his books
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Good
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I didnt even read it .
Carter Williams More than 1 year ago
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