Bloody Crimes

Bloody Crimes

The Chase for Jefferson Davis and the Death Pageant for Lincoln's Corpse

Book - 2010
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On the morning of April 2, 1865, Jefferson Davis, president of the Confederacy, received a telegram from General Robert E. Lee. There is no more time the Yankees are coming, it warned. Shortly before midnight, Davis boarded a train from Richmond and fled the capital, setting off an intense chase as Union cavalry hunted the Confederate president. Two weeks later, President Lincoln was assassinated, and the nation was convinced that Davis was involved in the conspiracy. To the Union, Davis was no longer merely a traitor, but a murderer. Lincoln's murder, autopsy, and White House funeral transfixed the nation. Millions watched the funeral train roll by on its way to Illinois, in the largest and most magnificent funeral pageant in American history. Meanwhile, Davis was hunted down and placed in captivity, the beginning of an intense and dramatic odyssey that would transform him into a martyr of the South's Lost Cause.--From publisher description.
"New York Times"-bestselling author of "Manhunt" returns to the Civil War era to tell the epic story of the search for Jefferson Davis and the eventful funeral procession for assassinated president Abraham Lincoln.
Publisher: New York : William Morrow/HarperCollins, c2010.
Edition: 1st ed.
ISBN: 9780061233791
Branch Call Number: 973.77092/SWANSON
Characteristics: xiv, 464 p. : ill., maps : 24 cm.


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Mar 18, 2016

A worthy companion to Swanson's earlier book on the hunt for John Wilkes Booth and his comrades. This book covers some of the same ground at first- the end of the Civil War and the assassination of Lincoln- but moves into different directions by following the two journeys of the Civil War Presidents- Lincoln and Davis. Lincoln's funeral train to his final resting place is part of the narrative, while the search for Davis and his later life are the subject of the other narrative. A fascinating look at both men, and well worth reading for anyone with an interest in the American Civil War.

Nov 08, 2010

Good, good book.


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