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Lincoln's Avengers: Justice, Revenge, And Reunion After The Civil War

3.3 of 5 stars 3.30  ·  rating details  ·  33 ratings  ·  5 reviews
On April 14th 1865, Abraham Lincoln was murdered by John Wilkes Booth, and Secretary of State William H. Seward was brutally stabbed. Clearly, a conspiracy was afoot. Judge Advocate General Joseph Holt was put in charge of the investigation and trial. He first set out to punish all of Booth's accomplices and then wanted to go after Jefferson Davis, whom he felt had instiga ...more
Hardcover, 367 pages
Published February 25th 2004 by W. W. Norton & Company
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Michael Schein
This is a meticulously researched and important history of the career of Joseph Holt, head of the Bureau of Military Justice during the Civil War. It fell to Judge Advocate General Holt to prosecute the conspirators charged in the Lincoln assassination, and also to pursue charges against others, such as Jefferson Davis (never successfully prosecuted). The book is very readable and we learn a great deal about the tragedy of Reconstruction, largely thwarted by Andrew Johnson and unrepentant Confed ...more
Charles M.
Yet another aspect of Lincoln's assassination pertaining to the aftermath of trials against the culprits and ensuing Reconstruction and impeachment of Pres. Andrew Johnson---all in the country's avenging of the South's "crimes" etc. as focused through the Judge Advocate general Joseph Holt (who oversaw most of these legal proceedings) through the US Atty. General's Office. Makes for some good reading.
A great insight into the total lack of leadership after Lincoln. It also shows how pivotal a role Mr. Lincoln had in everything. The assassination, manhunt and investigation all distracted from developing a plan for reconstruction and reunification.
The book read like a history textbook, slow and dreary, but I sometimes enjoy that.
A solid and well-researched look at the trial of the conspirators responsible for Lincoln's assassination. The effort to place the trial against the larger backdrop of Reconstruction was, in my opinion, less successful. The writing was occasionally turgid.
Apr 01, 2008 Lisa rated it 2 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Lincoln buffs
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Got to the execution of the 4 conspirators and lost all interest. May just have been the wrong time of the year to read about the assassination of Lincoln.
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