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The Life, Crime, & Capture Of John Wilkes Booth: A Magic Lamp Classic Mystery Paperback – April 25, 2008
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About the Author
Born on January 30, 1841, George Alfred Townsend became the youngest war correspondent of the Civil War. He served both at home and abroad, and later became one of America's most important journalists and novelists of the Reconstruction Era. His pen name, Gath, from which the Gathland State Park derives its name, was formed by adding an H to his initials and was inspired by a biblical passage: (II Samuel 1:20) "Tell it not in Gath, publish it not in the streets of Askalon." In 1884 Townsend purchased a tract of land on South Mountain, an area particularly attractive to him because of its proximity to Antietam and other historical sites of the Civil War. Gathland State Park was the scene of a little known yet quite noteworthy confict, the Battle of South Mountain. Closely associated with this historical aspect, the natural beauty of the site and the imposing views of the valleys appealed to him. Magic Lamp Press, publishers of the Peter Sharp Legal Mysteries, felt that this novel is so important a criminal case that they prepared it for publication in the print version and made it available to the public.
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I recommend this book for anyone interested in one view of the whole assassination story, from April 14, 1865, to April 26, 1865, when Booth was cornered in a burning barn in Virginia and shot by a Union soldier. The book is an easy read, and would be suitable for young people in high school as well as adults. It is a welcome addition to any library about Lincoln or Booth. This was an Amazon Verified Purchase.
Even though it was hard to follow, it WAS factual.
This particular book has a problem with being misused because it is the only book that you will find in Project Gutenberg if you enter 'John Wilkes Booth' as a search word. A reader could innocently believe that the Assassination of Lincoln was such a major event - and the crime was committed by a well-known actor - that the facts may have been well-understood in the aftermath of the crime. Such an assumption in this case is fatal.
After learning about the assassination of Lincoln and about John Wilkes Booth from accurate sources, you may find some value in a piece such as this one. Reading this article requires the skills of the historian to separate the wheat from the chaff. These letters from George Alfred Townsend are source documents that have to be evaluated.
Why Townsend didn't bother to edit his journal is a mystery.
This book is available for free on Project Gutenberg and about the only thing you can say about it is the price is right.