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Abraham Lincoln's Executionby John Chandler Griffin
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Griffin is able to shed light on much previously unpublished details. . . . Making use of diaries and other little known documents, Griffin offers a compelling case that Lincoln's assassination was something more. --Dan Huntley, the Charlotte ObserverIf you have an interest in Lincoln or just like an engaging book, get a copy. -Jerry Turner, Mexia Daily NewsLincoln was not assassinated-he was ordered executed by fellow politicians and military leaders because he wanted to welcome the Southern states back into the Union with their full constitutional rights restored. Threatened by this and other possibilities of clemency for the South, Vice-Pres. Andrew Johnson, Secretary of War Edwin Stanton, and the U.S. chief of the National Detective Police, Lafayette Baker, took action to ensure that this would not occur. A chapter is dedicated to the secret papers of Baker and the crucial role he played in Lincoln's murder. Baker's notes reveal that he worked with Booth to arrange the assassination and outline a widespread conspiracy among politicians and military leaders. This evidence, first published in Civil War Times magazine in 1961, is reproduced here in its entirety, including the actual deciphered text from Baker's secret notes. Presenting incriminating evidence against the above conspirators, biographies of lesser-known players in the assassination plot, and John WilkesBooth's role as a pawn, Abraham Lincoln's Execution offers new perspectives on the murder that continues to intrigue historians. Details about Stanton's motivations to replace Cameron as Secretary of War and the facts about Lincoln's order to amass the Virginia assembly to end military action in Virginia are also presented, shedding new light into one of American history's darkest corners.
John Wiles Booth- just a tool in the hands of Andrew Johnson and Edwin Stanton? The author argues that Lincoln's very lenient Reconstruction policies for the South led to a conspiracy by Edwin Stanton, secretary of war, Andrew Johnson, vice-president, and high-ranking radical members of Congress to order his execution. They were motivated by a desire for power but they also opposed Lincoln's recently announced program of amnesty for the South. The author presents compelling evidence that Booth was not shot down but in fact escaped, thanks to his collaboration with Johnson and Stanton. This is an excellent and timely rebuttal to the recent popular book Team of Rivals: The Political Genius of Abraham Lincoln by Doris Kearn Goodwin, who claims that Lincoln mastered his cabinet and was able to gain the respect of its discordant members.
The author argues that Lincoln's very lenient Reconstruction policies for the South led to a conspiracy by Edwin Stanton, secretary of war, Andrew Johnson, vice-president, and high-ranking radical members of Congress to order his execution. They were motivated by a desire for power but they also opposed Lincoln's recently announced program for amnesty for the South.
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