Bloody Times

Bloody Times : The Funeral of Abraham Lincoln and the Manhunt for Jefferson Davis

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A suspense-filled true-crime thriller that brings to life two epic events of the Civil War era: the chase to apprehend Confederate president Jefferson Davis and the momentous 20-day funeral that took Abraham Lincoln's body home to Springfield following his assassination. Bloody Times is New York Times bestselling author James L. Swanson's young readers' adaptation of his acclaimed book for adults Bloody Crimes.

A true tale full of fascinating twists and turns, and lavishly illustrated with dozens of rare historical images--some never before seen--Bloody Times captures the riveting stories of these two influential men as they made their last journeys through the bloody landscape of a wounded nation.

This young readers' edition contains a note from the author, a glossary, a list of important figures of the Civil War era, and a guide to visiting the sites mentioned in the book.
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Product details

  • 12-17
  • Hardback | 196 pages
  • 160.02 x 228.6 x 30.48mm | 362.87g
  • HarperCollins Publishers Inc
  • HarperCollins
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • Halftones, black and white; Illustrations, black and white
  • 0061560898
  • 9780061560897
  • 675,257

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New York Times bestselling author ofManhunt James L. Swanson creates anadaptation for young people of his adultbook Bloody Crimes, a suspense-filledthriller that sheds light on two fallen leadersof the North and South. One man, PresidentLincoln, assassinated, on his way to thegrave. Another man, the president of theConfederacy, Jefferson Davis, on the run, soon to be sent to prison. Their actionsforever changed the history of a nation. Onthe morning of April 2, 1865, Davis receiveda telegram from General Robert E. Lee.There is no more time--the Yankees arecoming, it warned. That night Davis fledRichmond, setting off an intense manhuntfor the Confederate president.

Two weeks later, President Lincoln wasassassinated, and the nation was convincedthat Davis was involved in the conspiracy thatled to the crime. Lincoln's murder, autopsy, and White House funeral transfixed thenation. His final journey began when soldiersplaced his corpse aboard a special trainthat would carry him home to Springfield, Illinois. Along the way, more than a millionAmericans looked upon their martyr's face, and several million watched the funeral trainroll by. It was the most magnificent funeralpageant in American history.

James L. Swanson captures the rivetingstories of these two influential men as theymade their last journeys through the bloodylandscape of a wounded nation.
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