Bloody Crimes

Bloody Crimes : The Chase for Jefferson Davis and the Death Pageant for Lincoln's Corpse

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In Bloody Crimes, James L. Swanson--the Edgar(R) Award-winning, New York Times bestselling author of Manhunt--brings to life two epic events of the Civil War era: the thrilling chase to apprehend Confederate president Jefferson Davis in the wake of the Lincoln assassination and the momentous 20 -day funeral that took Abraham Lincoln's body home to Springfield. A true tale full of fascinating twists and turns, and lavishly illustrated with dozens of rare historical images--some never before seen--Bloody Crimes is a fascinating companion to Swanson's Manhunt and a riveting true-crime thriller that will electrify civil war buffs, general readers, and everyone in between.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 682 pages
  • 152.4 x 223.52 x 35.56mm | 748.42g
  • HarperCollins Publishers Inc
  • HarperCollins
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • Large type / large print
  • Large type / large print edition
  • Halftones, black and white
  • 0061979201
  • 9780061979200
  • 2,080,709

Review quote

James Swanson has done it again. Bloody Crimes is a moving, evocative trip back in time to the tumultuous spring of 1865. Swanson s meticulous research and sparkling prose make it an essential companion to his award winning bestseller, Manhunt. --Michael Burlingame, author of Abraham Lincoln: A Life"
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On the morning of April 2, 1865, Jefferson Davis, president of the Confederacy, received a telegram from General Robert E. Lee. There is no more time--the Yankees are coming, it warned. Shortly before midnight, Davis boarded a train from Richmond and fled the capital, setting off an intense and thrilling chase in which Union cavalry hunted the Confederate president.

Two weeks later, President Lincoln was assassinated, and the nation was convinced that Davis was involved in the conspiracy that led to the crime. Lincoln's murder, autopsy, and White House funeral transfixed the nation. His final journey began when soldiers placed his corpse aboard a special train that would carry him home on the 1,600-mile trip to Springfield. It was the largest and most magnificent funeral pageant in American history.

The saga that began with Manhunt continues with the electrifying Bloody Crimes. James Swanson masterfully weaves together the stories of two fallen leaders as they made their last expeditions through the bloody landscape of a wounded nation.
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