Grasping at his last chance to save his beloved South, John Wilkes Booth tries to kidnap Lincoln from Ford's Theater only to find an assassin already there. The following week finds him trying to escape into Virginia with his companion as he tries to figure out what went wrong. Meanwhile a reporter in the capital is also trying to make sense of the ever-changing story put out by Secretary Stanton.
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The Plot to Kill John Wilkes Booth
Otto Eisenschimyl shocked the world by accusing Secretary of War Edwin Stanton in the plot to kill Abraham Lincoln. Mainstream historian's have always dismissed his charges. They claim the Confederate government was the mastermind behind the plot. This volume attempts to show both sides in that debate are wrong. On one side, Eisenschimyl misread Stanton's actions and, on the other, historians are no closer to proving the Confederate connection than when it was claimed almost a century-and-a-half ago. The question hinges on motives. Once one understands the motives behind Stanton's actions, they make perfect sense. On Booth's side, it is the lack of a cohesive motive that has kept the historians at drift since the assassination. No one has yet come forward with a solid motive for the actor's insane act. Perhaps by putting both of these investigations together in one place, and shaking well, we can begin to make a little sense out of the ages-old confusion that is the Assassination of Abraham Lincoln.
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