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We Saw Lincoln Shot: One Hundred Eyewitness Accounts
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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]
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!
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.Read more ›
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Loved reading this book. It covers 100 personal experiences of the people who were there.Published 20 months ago by Brian MacCorkle
Super interesting to hear first hand accounts! If you are a Lincoln history follower you must read this.Published 20 months ago by Shiloh Girl
This little paperback book contains the eyewitness accounts of many people who just by chance and fate were at Ford's Theatre on the evening of April 14, 1865 when John Wilkes... Read morePublished on May 6, 2014 by Philip A. Samuels
This tells the story of the killing at Ford's Theater, taken from the immediate (and not so immediate) accounts of eyewitnesses. Read morePublished on April 15, 2014 by Dennis J. Curran
I liked the book, it was very interesting and full of great facts. There were a lot of facts that I had never heard before.Published on July 24, 2013 by Linda Hoare
Very fascinating collection of memoirs from actual witnesses during this historical era. Highly recommend for self-reading or a gift to Lincoln historians.Published on March 16, 2013 by mufasa
What more needs be said about this book? It should be read by every history geek, or casual Lincoln scholar.Published on February 27, 2013 by Douglas
This book gives my son another look at an aspect of Lincoln's life. I bought this book for him because he loves to read about Abe.Published on December 26, 2012 by Delmar Burkitt