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The Last Lincoln Conspirator: John Surratt's Flight from the Gallows

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This is the true story of how John Surratt was the only conspirator who got away with everything. He began his escape the weekend Lincoln died, and not from Washington, but from Almira, New York, where he was on a Confederate spy mission scouting out the Union POW camp in the city.
Hardcover, 312 pages
Published October 22nd 2008 by US Naval Institute Press (first published October 15th 2008)
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Boots
Apr 28, 2009 Boots rated it really liked it
it's refreshing to find a book on the subject of the Lincoln Assassination that's so clear-headed! Jampoleer knows exactly what he's talking about, has read everything on the subject, and his footnotes are incredibly detailed (and accurate!). while it's unfortunate that he doesn't have much new to say on the subject, he most certainly tells it all in an interesting way and from a new perspective. where the narrative is lacking, it's the fault of all those big black holes in history rather than a ...more
Peggy
Mar 23, 2009 Peggy rated it liked it
Didn't enjoy this book very much. It started out good, but got bogged down in the middle. Even the footnotes had footnotes! There was so much explanation about who was who and what the person did that I have to say "What does this have to do with the story?"

Basically the book ius about the son of Mary Suratt, who was hung as a conspirator of the Lincoln assassination. Her son escaped, or was not in Washington when the event occurred and went to great lengths to keep from being caught. He travel
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Naomi
Jun 14, 2011 Naomi rated it it was amazing
This book is fantastic. New information, at least for me, on the Lincoln assasination. A word of warning though...this is an incredibly slow read. The author packs alot of information into this book, not only within the text of the book, but in the footnotes as well. In order to take it all in, I was only able to read 15 pages per day. The reviews from other Lincoln biographers were excellent as well and led me to some new reading material to follow up on.
John Thomas
Oct 11, 2013 John Thomas rated it really liked it
The author is an exceptionally good writer. Unfortunately, Surratt is not a sympathetic character: he was devious and a coward. For those interested in those involved in the assassination of Lincoln, this book can be recommended for bringing one person into clear focus through the strength and clarity of Jampoler's prose.
Martha Gamble
Jun 14, 2011 Martha Gamble rated it it was ok
Got very bored reading this book. The story jumped all over the place and could hardly keep some of it straight. Lots of foot notes. Story line of the son, john, dodging the law was boring.
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