The Lincoln Assassination

The Lincoln Assassination : The Evidence

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On April 22, 1865, Brevet Colonel H. L. Burnett was assigned to head the investigation into the murder of President Abraham Lincoln and the attempted murder of Secretary of State William H. Seward. Burnett orchestrated the collection of thousands of documents for the Military Commission's trial of the conspirators. This deep archive of documentary evidence--consisting of letters, depositions, eyewitness accounts, investigative reports, and other documents--provides invaluable insight into the historical, cultural, and judicial context of the investigation. Only a fraction of the information presented in these documents ever made its way into the trial, and most of it has never been readily accessible. By presenting an annotated and indexed transcription of these documents, this volume offers significant new access to information on the events surrounding the assassination and a vast new store of social and political history of the Civil War era. "With tears in my eyes I think it your duty to hang every rebel caught. I feel as bad as if was my own mother or father & will be one to volunteer to try & shoot every Southern man. May God have mercy on the man's soul that done such a deed. With much Respect for our Country, I remain Weeping" --Anonymous letter, New York, April 15, 1865 "I know Booth. He was in the habit of coming to my place to shoot. . . . He shot well, and practiced to shoot with accuracy in every possible position. . . . He was a quick shot; always silent, reticent." --Deposition of Benjamin Barker, Pistol Gallery proprietorshow more

Product details

  • Hardback | 1488 pages
  • 157.48 x 236.22 x 66.04mm | 1,995.8g
  • University of Illinois Press
  • Baltimore, United States
  • English
  • Annotated
  • 025203368X
  • 9780252033681
  • 1,997,741

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"Edwards and Edward Steers have both spent years researching the Lincoln assassination, and have produced a voluminous, but handy transcription of the plethora of assassination documents compiled by the War Department."--Journal of Illinois History "A gold mine of information and a major contribution to the literature on the Lincoln assassination. Highly recommended."--Choice "The work's value to a public audience [will be] . . . its reflection of the moment in American history. . . . A serious researcher gains assistance from the authors' knowledgeable footnotes. . . . This unique volume rides the Lincoln bicentennial publishing wave."--Booklistshow more

About William C. Edwards

William C. Edwards is a business analyst who spent years meticulously transcribing the documents surrounding the Lincoln assassination trial. Edward Steers Jr. is the author or editor of numerous books about Lincoln and his assassination, including Blood on the Moon: The Assassination of Abraham Lincoln and The Trial: The Assassination of President Lincoln and the Trial of the Conspirators. He is a retired research scientist with the National Institute of Health.show more

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