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Blood on the Moon
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Winner of the 2001 The Lincoln Group of New York's Award of Achievement A History Book Club Selection The assassination of Abraham Lincoln is usually told as a tale of a lone deranged actor who struck from a twisted lust for revenge. This is not only too simple an explanation; Blood on the Moon reveals that it is completely wrong. John Wilkes Booth was neither mad nor alone in his act of murder. He received the help of many, not the least of whom was Dr. Samuel Alexander Mudd, the Charles County physician who has been portrayed as the innocent victim of a vengeful government. Booth was also aided by the Confederate leadership in Richmond. As he made his plans to strike at Lincoln, Booth was in contact with key members of the Confederate underground, and after the assassination these same forces used all of their resources to attempt his escape. Noted Lincoln authority Edward Steers Jr. introduces the cast of characters in this ill-fated drama, he explores why they were so willing to help pull the trigger, and corrects the many misconceptions surrounding this defining moment that changed American history. After completing an acclaimed career as a research scientist at the National Institutes of Health, Edward Steers Jr. has turned his research skills to the Lincoln assassination. He is the author of several books about the president, including The Trial. He lives in Berkeley Springs, West Virginia.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Title Page
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  1. Copyright Page
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  1. Table of Contents
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  1. Preface
  2. pp. xi-xvi
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  1. Introduction
  2. pp. 1-8
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  1. Part One: A Divided House
  2. pp. 9-10
  1. Chapter 1: The Apotheosis
  2. pp. 11-15
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  1. Chapter 2: You Are in Danger
  2. pp. 16-26
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  1. Chapter 3: All the World's a Stage
  2. pp. 27-38
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  1. Chapter 4: The Black Flag Is Raised
  2. pp. 39-59
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  1. Chapter 5: The South Wants Justice
  2. pp. 60-68
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  1. Part Two: The Deed
  2. pp. 69-70
  1. Chapter 6: The Key Connection
  2. pp. 71-84
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  1. Chapter 7: A Shift in Plans
  2. pp. 85-91
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  1. Chapter 8: A Day of Jubilation
  2. pp. 92-105
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  1. Chapter 9: Decision
  2. pp. 106-112
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  1. Chapter 10: Sic Semper Tyrannis
  2. pp. 113-118
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  1. Chapter 11: The Wound Is Mortal
  2. pp. 119-134
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  1. Chapter 12: Surrattsville
  2. pp. 135-143
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  1. Chapter 13: Dr. Mudd
  2. pp. 144-154
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  1. Chapter 14:. Here in Despair
  2. pp. 155-165
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  1. Chapter 15: The Roundup [Includes Image Plates]
  2. pp. 166-180
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  1. Part Three: The End
  2. pp. 181-182
  1. Chapter 16: Virginia at Last!
  2. pp. 183-190
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  1. Chapter 17: The Cavalry Arrives
  2. pp. 191-200
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  1. Chapter 18: Tell Mother I Die for My Country
  2. pp. 201-206
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  1. Part Four: The Aftermath
  2. pp. 207-208
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  1. Chapter 19: To Remove the Stain of Innocent Blood from the Land
  2. pp. 209-230
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  1. Chapter 20: The Aftermath: Rewriting History
  2. pp. 231-244
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  1. Chapter 21: Life after Death
  2. pp. 245-267
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  1. Chapter 22: Goodbye, Father Abraham
  2. pp. 268-294
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  1. Notes
  2. pp. 295-334
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  1. Bibliography
  2. pp. 335-342
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 343-361
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