Bloody Crimes: The Chase for Jefferson Davis and the Death Pageant for Lincoln's Corpse

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Bloody Crimes: The Chase for Jefferson Davis and the Death Pageant for Lincoln's Corpse

Author: James L. Swanson
Publisher: William Morrow & Company
Copyright: 2010
Pages: 464
Cover Price: $ 27.99

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On the morning of April 2, 1865, Jefferson Davis, president of the Confederacy, received a telegram from General Robert E. Lee. There is no more time--the Yankees are coming, it warned. Shortly before midnight, Davis fled the capital, setting off an intense and thrilling chase in which Union cavalry hunted the Confederate president. Two weeks later, President Lincoln was assassinated, and the nation was convinced that Davis was involved in the conspiracy that led to the crime. To the Union, Davis was no longer merely a traitor. He became a murderer, a wanted man with a one-hundred-thousand-dollar bounty on his head. Davis was hunted down and placed in captivity, the beginning of an intense and dramatic odyssey that would transform him into a martyr of the South's Lost Cause. Meanwhile, Lincoln's final journey began when soldiers placed his corpse aboard a special train that would carry the fallen president through the largest and most magnificent funeral pageant in American history. The saga that began with "Manhunt" continues with the suspenseful and electrifying "Bloody Crimes." James Swanson masterfully weaves together the stories of two fallen leaders as they made their last expeditions through the bloody landscape of a wounded nation.

Background Information

Jefferson Davis served a distinguished career in the federal government before resigning from the Senate and becoming President of the Confederate States. When the seceding states met in Montgomery, Alabama, to form the Confederacy in February 1861, secession without war still seemed possible. Robert E. Lee was served in the United States Army in Mexico and led the Confederate Army in the Civil War. The Abraham Lincoln President Library and Museum in Springfield, Illinois, preserves many of Lincoln's most important papers.