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Lincoln's avengers : justice, revenge, and reunion after the Civil War

Author: Elizabeth D Leonard
Publisher: New York : W.W. Norton & Co., ©2004.
Edition/Format:   Book : English : 1st edView all editions and formats
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"Elizabeth D. Leonard tells the dramatic story of the assassination, the roundup of suspects, and the ensuing trials of those involved in the crimes of April 14. Judge Advocate General Joseph Holt - a Kentuckian divided against those within his own family over the war - was put in charge of the investigation and the initial trial of the conspirators, which took the form of a military commission despite the fact that  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Named Person: Abraham Lincoln; Andrew Johnson; Andrew Johnson; Abraham Lincoln; Abraham Lincoln
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Elizabeth D Leonard
ISBN: 0393048683 9780393048681
OCLC Number: 53223534
Description: xviii, 367 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm
Contents: "That Fearful Night" The Assassination and the Making of an Avenger --
"A Vindictive Clique of Villains" The Pursuit and Capture of the Suspects --
"A Disposition to Preserve Law and Order" Joseph Holt and the First Trial of the Assassins --
"A Stupendous Retribution" Conviction and Punishment of Eight Co-Conspirators --
"In Violation of the Laws and Customs of War" Going After Henry Wirz of Andersonville --
"Forbearance and Forgiveness" Andrew Johnson's Vision for Southern Restoration --
"Traitors, Confessed Perjurers and Suborners" The Unraveling of Revenge --
"A Well-Dressed and Very Presentable Young Man" The Trial of John Surratt Jr. --
"The Wicked Man Now Acting as President" The Trial of Andrew Johnson and the Collapse of Holt's Agenda.
Responsibility: Elizabeth D. Leonard.
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On April 14th 1865, Abraham Lincoln was murdered by John Wilkes Booth, and Secretary of State William H. Seward was brutally stabbed. This book tells the story of the two assassination trials,  Read more...

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schema:reviewBody""Elizabeth D. Leonard tells the dramatic story of the assassination, the roundup of suspects, and the ensuing trials of those involved in the crimes of April 14. Judge Advocate General Joseph Holt - a Kentuckian divided against those within his own family over the war - was put in charge of the investigation and the initial trial of the conspirators, which took the form of a military commission despite the fact that the war was at an end. Holt first set out to punish all of Booth's local accomplices, and then went after others, including the president of the Confederacy, Jefferson Davis, whom he felt had instigated the assassination. Paradoxically, the sternest opposition Holt faced in pursuing his goal of revenge came from Lincoln's successor, Andrew Johnson, whose own life was spared by one conspirator's loss of nerve." "In Leonard's book it becomes clear that the battle between Holt and Johnson encompassed the conflicts of the nation as a whole over the shape postwar Reconstruction would take. These conflicts ultimately led to Johnson's impeachment, as well as the destruction of any hope that the newly freed slaves would achieve equality in the aftermath of emancipation. Indeed, the division within the federal government over the question of how to respond to Lincoln's assassination threatened to undermine post-Civil War efforts to reunite the nation altogether, and they left a legacy of disregard for Black Americans' civil rights that we continue to deal with today."--Jacket."
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