Lincoln's Final Hours: Conspiracy, Terror, and the Assassination of America's Greatest President

Lincoln's Final Hours: Conspiracy, Terror, and the Assassination of America's Greatest President

by Kathryn Canavan

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Lincoln's Final Hours: Conspiracy, Terror, and the Assassination of America's Greatest President by Kathryn Canavan

When John Wilkes Booth fired his derringer point-blank into President Abraham Lincoln's head, he set in motion a series of dramatic consequences that would upend the lives of ordinary Washingtonians and Americans alike. In a split second, the story of a nation was changed. During the hours that followed, America's future would hinge on what happened in a cramped back bedroom at Petersen's Boardinghouse, directly across the street from Ford's Theatre. There, a twenty-three-year-old surgeon — fresh out of medical school — struggled to keep the president alive while Mary Todd Lincoln moaned at her husband's bedside.

In Lincoln's Final Hours, author Kathryn Canavan takes a magnifying glass to the last moments of the president's life and to the impact his assassination had on a country still reeling from a bloody civil war. With vivid, thoroughly researched prose and a reporter's eye for detail, this fast-paced account not only furnishes a glimpse into John Wilkes Booth's personal and political motivations but also illuminates the stories of ordinary people whose lives were changed forever by the assassination.

While countless works on the Lincoln assassination exist, Lincoln's Final Hours moves beyond the well-known traditional accounts, offering readers a front-row seat to the drama and horror of Lincoln's death by putting them in the shoes of the audience in Ford's Theatre that dreadful evening. Through her careful narration of the twists of fate that placed the president in harm's way, of the plotting conversations Booth had with his accomplices, and of the immediate aftermath of the assassination, Canavan illustrates how the experiences of a single night changed the course of history.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780813175263
Publisher: University Press of Kentucky
Publication date: 03/27/2018
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 248
Sales rank: 631,507
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.70(d)

About the Author

Kathryn Canavan is a former independent researcher and freelance writer for USA Today and the Philadelphia Inquirer.

Table of Contents

Preface xi

1 The Secret about Booth 1

2 Washington City Then 7

3 The Great Illumination 15

4 The Making of an Assassin 21

5 Plans and Dreams 35

6 Nothing Exactly According to Plan 47

7 Shuffling History 51

8 The Turning of the Tide 57

9 Looking Forward to a Memorable Evening 61

10 Booth's End Game 71

11 'Tis the Wink of an Eye 75

12 Thunderstruck 83

13 Their Precious Burden 89

14 Enough Evidence to Hang Booth 107

15 Waiting for History 109

16 That's the Last of Him 115

17 Caught in the American Nightmare 121

18 Grief and Greed 127

19 The Most Elaborate Funeral in US History 133

20 The Manhunt Closes In 143

21 Unrivaled Honors and an Unexpected Invoice 149

22 Paltry Meanness 157

23 History Forgot Tenth Street 161

24 Lincoln Would Not Be the Last to Die at Ford's 165

25 A Place to Make Him Comfortable 169

Epilogue: What's Past Is Prologue 171

Acknowledgments 185

Notes 189

Bibliography 223

Index 229

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