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Lincoln's Assassins: Their Trial and Execution Paperback – May 20, 2008
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“Even the most serious Civil War devotee can expect to find something new here.” (Chicago Tribune)
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The stories behind the photographs are well worth mentioning. In particular, there is a very poignant story of a soldier leaning on the scaffolding for the gallows during the execution. That soldier is right below Mary Surratt, and in one of Gardner's pictures (which were beautifully restored for this book) you can see this soldier puking as the death warrant is read aloud. Another story which Weinberg and Swanson relate is how the 4 hooded prisoners could hear, the night before their execution, the gallows being constructed. Overall, a great companion piece to either Swanson's "Manhunt" or any other book on the Assassination.
The details of the trial sound like something from some fantastic kangaroo court, not the U.S. For example, the defense had no time to marshall their case, interview or call witnesses, or even to meet much with their clients. The jury was composed of generals and military men, not civilians, and their decision would be final, with no right of appeal.There were indeed judges in the courtroom, but they were watching from the audience.
The public and the press constantly talked about their favorite conspirators, of which the young, handsome and dashing looking Lewis Powell was the favorite, who attempted to kill secretary of state William Seward with a Bowie knife on the night of the assassination, rather than the president, but was foiled. Even the decision of who to prosecute left many questions unanswered, as several suspects with far more incriminating evidence weren't even brought to trial, whereas others with less evidence were tried and executed. The authors suggest that this might have had more to do with who actually plotted the murder vs. who was involved with post-assassination attempts to shelter Booth.
However, it's the stunning visual presentation here rather than the now well known history that is the star here. This book will be enjoyed by any history or Americana buffs or anyone interested in a well done presentation of a unique event in our history.
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America's photographer was allowed to witness and document times in the difficult period after President Lincoln' death. Copies of newspaper articles display a nation in mourning.Published 3 months ago by Kim
Lots of great photos, especially of the hanging! I can't read enough about the trial and executions. Read morePublished 5 months ago by James B. Scarborough
Gruesome detail. A close look at the assassins. A riveting book. Fits my Civil War collection well.Published 6 months ago by W. B. Holloway
I first read Swanson's book "Manhunt" about the shooting and chase to capture the conspirators.
So this book was about the trial and execution. Read more
Great pictorial historical overview of Lincoln conspirators' fates. Fast, fast ship. Would use seller again. Very pleased. Thanks!Published 9 months ago by aleykhat
swason did a great Job with this follow up of man Hunt its actually better i was introduced to james swanson by civil war Historian Hugh Boyle frm Philadelphia pa i had a... Read morePublished 9 months ago by Michael Larthey
Definitely worth reading especially for anyone interested in our nation's history and particularly the story behind the conspirators who committed the tragic murder of our greatest... Read morePublished 11 months ago by Lawrence R Fraley