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We Saw Lincoln Shot: One Hundred Eyewitness Accounts

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ISBN-13: 978-0878057788
ISBN-10: 0878057781
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Collected for the first time, actual eyewitness reports of the Lincoln assassination

About the Author

Timothy S. Good is a National Park Service employee and lives in Arnold, Missouri. His research interests lie in the history of the Lincoln presidency and in American maritime history. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 215 pages
  • Publisher: University Press of Mississippi (January 1, 1996)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0878057781
  • ISBN-13: 978-0878057788
  • Product Dimensions: 9.2 x 6.2 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,352,010 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Richard Salva VINE VOICE on June 21, 2006
Format: Paperback
Good's book captures the immediacy of a dramatic and tragic moment in U.S. history: when John Wilkes Booth assassinated President Abraham Lincoln in Ford's Theater in April 1865. Reading the accounts of eyewitnesses, we can all feel as if we were there--the lights are down, the actors are saying their lines, a gunshot pierces the air, a man leaps from the presidential balcony onto the stage, he yells something and waves a knife and disappears. Pandemonium ensues.

This book would make a good companion volume to James Swanson's Manhunt. Read them in chronological order (this book first) and be transported back 140 years.

Richard Salva--author of Soul Journey from Lincoln to Lindbergh [UNABRIDGED]
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24 of 26 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on February 21, 2001
Format: Hardcover
Very comprehensive book- the only one out there like it. It is interesting to read what the people in the theatre that terrible night actually saw and heard. I learned some things I didn't know by reading this book, and would definately reccommend it to anyone interested in the Lincoln Assasanation.
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19 of 23 people found the following review helpful By BSteadham@aol.com(Tim's Grandfather) on February 12, 1999
Format: Paperback
This is a wonderful, very informative book. It's the only written collection of eye witness accounts ever published on the Lincoln assasination. Every Lincoln buff needs to add this one to his or her library.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By John T. R. Gorman on September 26, 2009
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Imagine if 100 of those who still had fresh, "I-was-in-Dallas-yesterday" memories of President Kennedy's murder had been compiled at the time, in 1963? What you'd get are 100 accounts of the murder, each with its own slight twists, based on that person's vantage point at the moment of tragedy. (I'll not delve into JFK conspiracies here. That's not the point of this review.)

Yet that is exactly what you get with, "We Saw Lincoln Shot: One Hundred Eyewitness Accounts". From the doctors who administered aid to our greatest president only moments after his mortal wound,to the many common folk who'd come to Ford's Theater that night to view President Lincoln and his announced, but no-show guest, General U.S. Grant, more than they'd come to see the play, "Our American Cousin".

On history's most tragic Good Friday night since that First Good Friday, 741 people bought a ticket to Ford's Theater. The management, police, and government sought written statements from as many of them as could be found, along with accounts from Ford's employees, actors, and so forth. What you'll find the most compelling of those in this book!
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By P. B. Sharp TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on July 26, 2010
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The small Ford's theater is packed that Good Friday April night of 1865 and quivers with excitement and anticipation. Everybody knows that Lincoln and possibly General Grant will be attending "Our American Cousin." When the Lincolns arrive half an hour after the curtain goes up, there is a standing ovation. Mr. Lincoln bows, with a smile. General Grant does not attend the play, but the Lincolns' friends Major Rathbone and Clara Harris accompany them. It is noticed that Mary Todd Lincoln has her hand affectionately on the President's knee while they are seated in their box. You are there. You too try and get a glimpse of the President in his rocking chair but he's partially hidden behind an American flag. You hear the shot right after Harry Hawk on stage says "you sockdologizing old man-trap." Is that gun shot sound part of the play? Then you smell the gun smoke. And you hear Mary Lincoln shrieking from the presidential box. The theater erupts into pandemonium.

This book is the horse's mouth in regards to Lincoln's assassination. The first person, eye witness accounts of men and women and even boys are taken from letters, affidavits, depositions, magazine articles and more and are riveting- and in the earlier written reports quite remarkably consistent. As the years went by some accounts become embellished. But the early descriptions right after the events in 1865 are remarkably consistent except for two details: did Booth break his leg when he hit the stage and did he yell "Sic semper tyrannis" and or something else?

Many descriptions of John Wilkes Booth vaulting over the rail of Lincoln's box, catching his spur in a flag draped there and landing awkwardly on one knee or even on all fours appear in the book.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on December 20, 2008
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We Saw Lincoln Shot: One Hundred Eyewitness Accountsis nothing short of a study in witness retention and reporting. Using the assassination of President Lincoln, the author examines 100 eyewitness accounts given by 100 people who were in the theater that evening. The author researched various sources including personal letters to make sure that every account was as accurate as possible. He then arranged the accounts into distinct time periods including recent, farther out and farthest out, and analyzed the reliability of the statements as a function of time. Of course, those statements that were taken closest to the assassination are considered more accurate than those recorded years later.

Of special interest to me is how so many people could have seen the same thing at the same time, yet they all reported seeing and hearing different things. For instance, some witnesses reported that Booth yelled, "sic semper tyrannisi" after he jumped from the Presidential Box to the stage. Other witnesses, however, said they heard it before he leaped from the box to the stage. In another instance, some eyewitnesses heard him yell, "The South shall be free!" before he ran off the stage and out the rear door. While others never heard him yell anything at all. Stress can play funny tricks with the mind.

I've only mentioned a few things contained in this book. In fact, this little book contains tons of good stuff. I highly recommend it to anyone who is interested in the Lincoln assassination.
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