Decapitating the union : Jefferson Davis, Judah Benjamin and the plot to assassinate Lincoln
by Fazio, John C., 1938-
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This is a comprehensive work on the assassination of Lincoln and the attempted decapitation of the United States Government in the closing days of the Civil War. After a Foreward by Joan L. Chaconas, it begins with the prelude to the national fratricide and ends with the incarceration, trial and sentencing of all but one of the assassin's action team and one innocent man and an in-depth analysis of conspiracy. In between, the author covers the underground mosaic; John Wilkes Booth and his co-conspirators; the great kidnapping ruse that concealed the attempted decapitation; conundrums, enigmas and mysteries relating to key players (Parker, Forbes and Cobb); the assassination itself and Booth's escape; attempted decapitation of the government; the death of the President; pursuit of the fugitives and the death of Booth; and Edman Spangler's innocence. The author makes use of hundreds of sources to justify his rejection of the simple conspiracy theory and his affirmation of the Tidwell, Hall and Gaddy thesis of the complicity of the highest levels of the Confederate Government and its Secret Service Bureau, including the operatives in Canada, whose twofold purpose was retribution and snatching independence from the jaws of a toothless and chaotic government.
Booth, John Wilkes, -- 1838-1865.
Davis, Jefferson, -- 1808-1889.
Benjamin, J. P. -- (Judah Philip), -- 1811-1884.
Conspiracies -- United States -- History -- 19th century.
United States -- History -- Civil War, 1861-1865 -- Secret service.
|Publisher|| Jefferson, North Carolina :McFarland & Company, Inc., Publishers,2015
x, 408 pages : illustrations ; 26 cm
Includes bibliographical references (pages 389-396) and index.