Title Page, Copyright Page

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Contents

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Illustrations

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pp. vii-x

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Acknowledgments

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pp. xi-xii

The editors are above all grateful to their colleagues on the Lincoln Forum Board of Advisors, whose wise counsel, loyal support, and hard work make it possible not only to host such successful annual symposia at Gettysburg...

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Introduction

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pp. 1-8

The murder of Abraham Lincoln on Good Friday, April 14, 1865, struck the American psyche like a hammer blow—opening a wound that in many ways has never completely healed....

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CHAPTER 1. Lincoln’s Deathbed in Art and Memory: The ‘‘Rubber Room’’ Phenomenon

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pp. 9-53

Modern research into the American presidency suggests that the death of a sitting chief executive invariably generates a deep and enduring impact on the citizenry. Personal shock quickly gives way to public anxiety, fueled by a bombardment...

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CHAPTER 2. Abraham Lincoln’s New York City Funeral

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pp. 55-93

In his introductory remarks at Cooper Union in 1860, Abraham Lincoln said, ‘‘The facts with which I shall deal . . . are mainly old and familiar; nor is there anything new in the general use I shall make of them. If there shall be any novelty, it will be in the mode of presenting the...

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CHAPTER 3. Not Everybody Mourned Lincoln’s Death

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pp. 95-114

Sixty-five years ago, my father, the skipper of a Navy ship, received notice of the death of President Franklin D. Roosevelt along with orders to conduct an appropriate ceremony. The product of three generations of Republicans, my father disliked Roosevelt intensely, but he...

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CHAPTER 4. Lincoln’s Chief Avenger: Judge Advocate General Joseph Holt

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pp. 115-135

The man who presided over the trial of the Lincoln assassination conspirators as Judge Advocate General was a lifelong Democrat who, four years earlier, played a crucial role in saving his and the late president’s common native state—Kentucky—for the Union....

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CHAPTER 5. The Lincoln Assassination in Law and Lore

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pp. 137-156

In the avalanche of intense mourning that greeted Abraham Lincoln’s death more than 144 years ago, Americans pursued a dual and not entirely compatible course of revenge and mythification. On the one hand, his admirers elevated Lincoln to the status of icon, a transfiguration...

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CHAPTER 6. Writing History in a Vacuum: The Lincoln Assassination

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pp. 157-174

Everybody loves a good murder mystery. Walk into a Barnes & Noble or Borders bookstore and one will find the mystery- book section one of the largest. The continuing popularity of television’s ‘‘Law and Order,’’ its various spin-offs and derivatives, and the ‘‘CSI’’ series attests...

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CHAPTER 7. ‘‘Let the Stain of Innocent Blood Be Removed from the Land’’: The Military Trial of the Lincoln Conspirators

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pp. 175-194

On April 26, 1865, just twelve days after President Abraham Lincoln’s murder, a troop of Union cavalrymen cornered John Wilkes Booth and his cohort David Herold at the farm of a Virginia planter near Bowling Green.1 Following a bravura performance by Booth, he was killed and Herold...

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CHAPTER 8. Process versus Truth in the Case of the Lincoln Conspiracy

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pp. 195-215

We are all familiar with the typical charge given to a jury as it begins deliberations on the fate of a criminal defendant. ‘‘You,’’ says the judge, ‘‘are the sole and exclusive judges of what the truth is.’’ At their core, criminal courts are supposed to be a search for truth. The process is designed to...

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CHAPTER 9. The Martyr and the Myth: The Lincoln Nobody Knows

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pp. 217-239

On July 3, 1881, having lived somewhat beyond his allotted threescore years and ten, Abraham Lincoln died quietly in his sleep, after a brief illness, at his home in Springfield, Illinois....

Contributors

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pp. 241-243

Board of Advisors of the Lincoln Forum

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pp. 245-246

Index

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pp. 247-259

The North’s Civil War

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