Moonlight : Abraham Lincoln and the Almanac trial (Book, 2000) [WorldCat.org]
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Moonlight : Abraham Lincoln and the Almanac trial

Author: John Evangelist Walsh; Frank and Virginia Williams Collection of Lincolniana (Mississippi State University. Libraries)
Publisher: New York : St. Martin's Press, 2000.
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : Advanced uncorrected proofView all editions and formats
Summary:
A new study of an 1857 murder trial sheds new light on the vaunted character of Abraham Lincoln. Walsh makes a strong case for viewing Honest Abe differently in this true tale of murder and moonlight. 16-page photo insert. On August 29, 1857, in the light of a three-quarter moon, James Metzger was savagely beaten by two assailants in a grove not far from his home. Two days later he died and his assailants, James  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Trials, litigation, etc
Named Person: Duff Armstrong; Abraham Lincoln; Duff Armstrong; Abraham Lincoln
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: John Evangelist Walsh; Frank and Virginia Williams Collection of Lincolniana (Mississippi State University. Libraries)
ISBN: 0312229224 9780312229221
OCLC Number: 1301432920
Description: 160 pages : illustrations ; 21 cm
Contents: List of illustrations --
Prologue: Not too late --
Killing at Walker's Grove --
Send for Abe Lincoln --
In the courtroom --
One who went to jail --
Faked almanac --
Epilogue: Snapshots --
Appendix A: Watkins testimony and the Brady letter --
Appendix B: Armstrong jury --
Appendix C: Duff Armstrong's statement --
Notes and sources.
Responsibility: John Evangelist Walsh.

Abstract:

A new study of an 1857 murder trial sheds new light on the vaunted character of Abraham Lincoln. Walsh makes a strong case for viewing Honest Abe differently in this true tale of murder and moonlight. 16-page photo insert. On August 29, 1857, in the light of a three-quarter moon, James Metzger was savagely beaten by two assailants in a grove not far from his home. Two days later he died and his assailants, James Norris and William Armstrong, were arrested and charged with his murder. Norris was tried and convicted first. As William "Duff" Armstrong waited for his trial, his own father died. Jack Armstrong's deathbed wish was that Duff's mother, Hannah, engage the best lawyer possible to defend Duff. The best person Hannah could think of was a friend, a young lawyer from Springfield by the name of Abraham Lincoln. Lincoln took the case and with that begins one of the oddest journeys Lincoln took on his trek towards immortality. What really happened? How much did the moon reveal? What did Lincoln really know? Walsh makes a strong case for viewing Honest Abe in a different light in this tale of murder and moonlight.

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