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Protecting President Lincoln: The Security Effort, the Thwarted Plots and the Disaster at Ford's Theater

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From his election in November 1860 to his death in April 1865, Abraham Lincoln faced constant danger from those hostile to him and to the Union cause. Lincoln's enemies made four overt attempts on his life, including a Confederate partisan effort to infect him with yellow fever by sending a contaminated valise of clothing to the White House. Because Lincoln's life ended ...more
Paperback, 200 pages
Published October 30th 2011 by McFarland & Company
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Apr 19, 2012 Jill rated it liked it
This book provides a very detailed picture of all the death threats against Lincoln that started even before his inauguration, and of course a blow-by-blow account of what happened the night he died. When you read about all the plots to which Lincoln was subject, you cannot but concur with the author that it was a miracle Lincoln was not assassinated before the beginning of his second term.

By way of background, the author notes that Lincoln was not much loved in his lifetime; in fact, “he was th
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Apr 09, 2012 Quentin Stewart rated it it was amazing
Frederick Hatch does an excellent job of exploring the security that various people and agencies tried to provide to President Lincoln from his journey to Washington to be sworn in up to and including protecting his body after burial. Everybody knows about the assassination and John Wilkes Booth and that he had conspirators that helped him, but few of us know that while Lincoln was in office that there were various levels of protection around him and that there were more threats to his life then ...more
Mar 16, 2012 Lawrence rated it really liked it
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An excellent source for information about the protection of Lincoln and the many failed attacks on his life. How little is known about his guards is shocking to see how bad records were kept and the lack of a good investigation of both the Booth plot and what went wrong with Lincoln's protection.
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