The assassination of Abraham Lincoln represents a defining moment in the history of the United States. Coming during the closing days of the Civil War, the former country lawyer from Illinois had just guided the nation through some of its darkest hours only to fall victim to an assassin’s bullet. Carried out by one of the most popular stage actors of the day, the death of Lincoln sparked the largest manhunt the nation had ever seen. The first assassination of a sitting U.S. president was, however, just the primary component of a much larger plot designed to plunge the Federal Government into chaos by eliminating its most powerful officials.
Among other aspects relating to this significant historical event, this book relates the various Confederate abduction plots targeting President Lincoln, Booth’s initial kidnapping plan and its evolution into an assassination scheme, the elaborate 13-day cross-country funeral services held for the dead president, the prosecution of the conspirators by a military tribunal, and the execution of six members of the conspiracy.
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