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|Named Person:||Jefferson Davis; Abraham Lincoln|
|All Authors / Contributors:||
James L Swanson
|ISBN:||9780061233784 0061233781 9780061233791 006123379X|
|Description:||xiv, 464 pages : illustration, maps ; 24 cm|
|Contents:||Flitting shadows --
In the days of our youth --
Unconquerable hearts --
Borne by loving hands --
Body of the president embalmed --
We shall see and know our friends in heaven --
Cause is not yet dead --
He is named for you --
Coffin that slowly passes --
By God, you are the men we are looking for --
Living in a tomb --
Shadow of the Confederacy.
|Other Titles:||Chase for Jefferson Davis and the death pageant for Lincoln's corpse|
|Responsibility:||James L. Swanson.|
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."--Publisher description.
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