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Alias "Paine": Lewis Thornton Powell, the Mystery Man of the Lincoln Conspiracy, 2D Ed.

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The most enigmatic of the associates of Lincoln assassin John Wilkes Booth, Confederate soldier Lewis Thornton Powell, using the alias Lewis Paine, was a key player in the postwar attempt to undermine the Federal Government. On the night Lincoln was shot, 20-year-old Powell burst into the house of William Seward and attempted to assassinate the Secretary of State. Captured ...more
Published November 30th 2014 by McFarland & Company (first published September 1993)
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Some unfortunately sloppy scholarship here, but when you have the only book on a subject, it's hard to give it any less than four stars. The appendices make this book worth it.
Tim Evanson
This is a 2d edition of historian Betty Ownsbey's biography of Lincoln assassination conspirator Lewis Powell aka Lewis Payne. Revisions to the text seem to be minor, although some paragraphs are expanded upon for clarity and to incorporate alternative viewpoints.

This is the critical work on Powell, the man who attempted to kill Secretary of State William H. Seward and long remained one of the most enigmatic of the Lincoln conspirators. Ownsbey labored long and hard to dig out the truth about Po
Pretty much the only book out there about Lewis Powell, I had heard about it from his Wikipedia entry under further reading. Powell was an interesting man and though vague on facts, I have to give Ms Ownsbey kudos for all the research and countless hours trying to write an understandable flowing book on someone whose life was obviously so sketchy.
Oct 29, 2007 Erin rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: all into history.
This is one of the most interesting civil war books I have ever read. It's great to see all different sides of the Lincoln Conspiracy.
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Betty still lives in Richmond, Virginia. (2010)
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