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Was evidence of a plot to murder Abraham Lincoln as he traveled through Baltimore en route to his 1861 inauguration genuine, or was it a product of detective Allan Pinkerton’s imagination? Historians have been divided on the issue, but to author Kline, a lawyer by occupation, a conspiracy case based on circumstantial evidence can be made, and he makes it in exacting but fascinating detail. For dramatic support to his legal briefs, Kline recounts Lincoln’s train journey, climaxing in a scene in which Lincoln must decide whether to credit Pinkerton’s report of having infiltrated a conspiracy and to heed Pinkerton’s counsel to alter his travel schedule through Baltimore, then a secessionist hotbed with a reputation for mob violence. It was a second, independent source of intelligence that convinced Lincoln to accede to Pinkerton, which also buttresses Kline’s conviction that the plot was real. Gathering inculpatory information, arguing its probative value, and re-creating the tension of the secession crisis, Kline will absorb Lincoln readers with his thorough presentation of Lincoln’s surreptitious arrival in Washington, which Lincoln himself subsequently regretted. --Gilbert Taylor
"In a thrilling detective story of conspiracy, treachery and assassination, Michael J. Kline suggests how close the Baltimore plotters came to achieving their goal, and reveals how Lincoln and a few guards outwitted them. Meticulously researched and written with verve, The Baltimore Plot takes readers aboard Lincoln's inaugural train for a perilous and unforgettable journey."--JAMES L. SWANSON, author of the Edgar Award-winning New York Times bestseller Manhunt: The 12-Day Chase for Lincoln's KillerSee all Editorial Reviews
Glad to find this book to add to my civil war library. With the threats against him before being inaugurated, it was a miracle that Abraham Lincoln survived to lead us through the... Read morePublished 7 months ago by Sue
"Might Booth have been among the thousands of citizens crowding the Albany depot or lining its streets that afternoon? There is no conclusive evidence that he was. Read morePublished on July 27, 2013 by M.J. Headlee
I haven't finished this book yet, I pick at it here and there. I thought it would be better, but it's not terribly well written. Read morePublished on January 7, 2013 by T. Batchelor
With his eventual assassination at fords theater in 1865, most people may not know of the very first plot to kill Abraham Lincoln. Read morePublished on December 24, 2012 by James J. Ayala
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I am not certain which book Mister Durney was reading, but I have a hard time believing it was "The Baltimore Plot. Read morePublished on February 17, 2010 by Editor - Gettysburg Times
Most people who know about Lincoln and his administration during the Civil War know at least the basics of his assassination in 1865. Read morePublished on May 13, 2009 by David W. Nicholas