Lincoln’s Assassins

A Complete Account of Their Capture, Trial, and Punishment


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About the Book

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, forceful politicians and others: This book probes the background and character of everyone involved.

About the Author(s)

The late Roy Z. Chamlee, Jr., lived in Greenville, South Carolina.

Bibliographic Details

Roy Z. Chamlee, Jr.
Format: library binding
Pages: 634
Bibliographic Info: 104 photos, bibliography, index
Copyright Date: 1990
pISBN: 978-0-89950-420-9
Imprint: McFarland

Table of Contents

Volume 1
Preface      ix

I “Blood, Blood, All Around”      1
II Two Horsemen Riding Very Fast      13
III While the President Still Breathes      19
IV Someone to Fill the Vacuum      26
V The Man Called Mars      35
VI “. . . Find the Murderer”      45
VII Easter Sunday, 1865      57
VIII First Confessions      65
IX The Honor of a Lady      79
X A View of Swampoodle      90
XI “Communication with Jeff Davis”      98
XII Unanswered Questions      104
XIII Lamentations for a Modern Moses      121
XIV “. . . To Get Him Across”      126
XV The Conspiracy Puzzle      132
XVI Conflicting Evidence      143
XVII “Tell My Mother I Died for My Country”      152
XVIII Filling in the Gaps      161
XIX “I Do Not Know, Sir—I Declare I Do Not Know”      174
XX “Any Statement You Make Will Be Used”      181
XXI The Final List      189
XXII Care That They Not Escape      194
XXIII “. . . And Others Unknown”      203
XXIV “A Horrid Sight”      212
XXV Abhorrence of All Things Secret      228
XXVI Justice in Epaulets      244
XXVII On Trial but Not in Chains      254
XXVIII A Large Boot, Slit Down the Side      269
XXIX “We Are the Assassins of the President”      284
XXX Confessions, Blockade-Runners and Secret Ciphers      296

Volume 2
XXXI “Yes, That’s the Man”      309
XXXII Empty Sleeves Dangling in the Spring Air      322
XXXIII In Defense of Mary Surratt      339
XXXIV A Loyal Citizen?      351
XXXV A Growing Weariness      361
XXXVI “Where Is Ma?”      370
XXXVII Guilt and Insanity      385
XXXVIII Rebel Complicity?      395
XXXIX What He Knew and When      408
XL “. . . What a Phenomenon He Was”      418
XLI Education for Murder      424
XLII After Mature Consideration      436
XLIII Death Cells      448
XLIV Thirteen Steps      463
XLV Dry Tortugas      478
XLVI “An Absurdity Unsurpassed”      493
XLVII Impeaching the Impeachers      508
XLVIII “The Son Is Here Before You”      517
XLIX Memories of the Terrible Spring      531
L The Stretch of Darkening Folds      545

Epilogue      558
Chapter Notes      561
Selected Bibliography      589
Index      599

Book Reviews & Awards

  • “Indispensable, well-illustrated, authoritative and well-documented, one-volume reference source”—C&RL News
  • “Very complete, well-illustrated and well-written account…excellent”—The Civil War Courier
  • “Will attract readers in any library”—Choice