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Title:
Lincoln's assassins : a complete account of their capture, trial, and punishment
Author:
Chamlee, Roy Z., 1924-
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Publication Information:
Jefferson, N.C. : McFarland & Co., [1990]

©1990
Physical Description:
xii, 622 pages : illustrations, portraits ; 24 cm
Language:
English
ISBN:
9780899504209
Format :
Book

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Summary

A stunning compilation of research into War Department files, pretrial and trial testimony (the actual words), newspaper accounts and manuscript collections.Powerful Cabinet members, popular generals and forceful politicians were involved in this legal conflict. This volume probes the background and character of everyone involved.


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Fantastic theories that still abound about the assassination of Lincoln will receive little support from Chamlee's detailed account of the pursuit and trial of the conspirators. Beginning with "a preconceived notion of Mary Surratt's innocence," Chamlee found nothing to sustain it, nor has he comforted defenders of Dr. Samuel E. Mudd. Chamlee has collated several versions of the trial transcript and used unpublished investigative reports in the National Archives, and manuscript sources elsewhere. Essentially, he argues that government prosecution focused on actual conspirators who received substantial justice despite a military trial. This tedious chronological account, interweaving the cases of eight defendants, is a trial in itself, and the conclusions reaffirm those of Thomas R. Turner's Beware the People Weeping: Public Opinion and the Assassination of Abraham Lincoln (CH, Oct'82). Chamlee, however, adds factual detail concerning an episode of perennial interest, and his book will attract readers in any library. -J. Y. Simon, Southern Illinois University--Carbondale