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Bloody Crimes: The Chase for Jefferson Davis and the Death Pageant for… (original 2010; udgave 2010)

af James L. Swanson (Forfatter)

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"New York Times"-bestselling author of "Manhunt" returns to the Civil War era to tell the epic story of the search for Jefferson Davis and the eventful funeral procession for assassinated president Abraham Lincoln.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 boarded a train from Richmond and fled the capital, setting off an intense chase as 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. To the Union, Davis was no longer merely a traitor, but a murderer. Lincoln's murder, autopsy, and White House funeral transfixed the nation. Millions watched the funeral train roll by on its way to Illinois, in the largest and most magnificent funeral pageant in American history. Meanwhile, 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.--From publisher description.… (mere)
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Titel:Bloody Crimes: The Chase for Jefferson Davis and the Death Pageant for Lincoln's Corpse
Forfattere:James L. Swanson (Forfatter)
Info:William Morrow (2010), 480 pages
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Bloody Crimes: The Funeral of Abraham Lincoln and the Chase for Jefferson Davis af James L. Swanson (2010)

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Some of the chapters were really interesting, but some were a bit boring because of their repetitiveness. The author didn't really need to recap every little incident that occurred on the train trip with Lincoln's body from Washington to Springfield. So many of the same things happened over and over all along the route. However, it was interesting to see the nation's response to the assassination. Also, the early chapters about the actual assassination, its aftermath, and what was happening with Davis at the time were fascinating. ( )
  ChuckRinn | Oct 4, 2020 |
James Swanson has a talent for taking historical events and making them interesting and lively. Manhunt is one of my favorite non-fiction books, a fast paced and compelling story about the capture of John Wilkes-Booth. In this book, Bloody Crimes, Swanson returns to the post civil war era and focuses on Lincoln’s funeral procession from Washington, DC to Springfield, IL, and the hunt for and capture of Jefferson Davis after Lincoln’s assignation.

While I didn’t find this book quite as compelling as Manhunt, I did learn a lot and wasn’t bored. I knew that Lincoln’s body had been transported by train from DC to IL, but didn’t realize that each stop on the railroad line held their own special events honoring the late President. Swanson also gives lots of back stories about Lincoln’s life and his time as President during the war. He is quite overt in his dislike for Mary Todd Lincoln and has very little, if anything, good to say about her.

Swanson pulls Davis out of modern day obscurity and retells his story of having illustrious military and political (Senator and Secretary of War) careers before becoming President of the Confederacy. He also recounts Davis’ first marriage to a young woman who dies shortly after their wedding day and his second marriage to Varina Howell, whose love letters Swanson thinks are the among the most romantic of all time.

While Swanson likes and respects Lincoln, he believes Lincoln’s stature became exalted once he was assassinated. He seems to have a soft spot for Jefferson Davis and wants people to remember him for the man he really was and for all of the things he did before his Presidency and not just be remembered for being the President of The Lost Cause.

I listened to this on audio cd and thought Richard Thomas did an excellent job reading the book (and didn’t sound like John Boy) and added to the experience.

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  tshrope | Jan 13, 2020 |
Good, very informative. Not quite the same narrative drive as his Manhunt. ( )
  namfos | Dec 8, 2019 |
Expansive coverage of the days around and after the assassination of Abraham Lincoln to his burial in Springfield, IL twenty one days later, and the chase to capture the Confederate president, Jefferson Davis, and his later life. Wonderfully done except for some incongruous changes from Lincoln's story to Davis's that can be confusing at times. ( )
1 stem MugsyNoir | Oct 27, 2017 |
Enjoyed. Not exactly Bloody, and not exactly about crime(s) but more about Lincoln and Davis and the philosophies & meaning of the war from both sides. I enjoyed learning the details of Davis' capture and the Lincoln death train - events that I've never heard much about before. Good narrator ( )
  marshapetry | Sep 2, 2014 |
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In memory of my mother, Dianne M Swanson (1931-2008), who looked forward to this book but had no chance to read it.

In remembrance of John Hope Franklin (1915-2009), with gratitude for three decades of teaching, counsel, and friendship, and with fond memories of University of Chicago days.
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(Prologue) If you go there today, and walk to the most desolate corner of the cemetery, and then descend the half-hidden, decaying black slate steps, past all the other graves, down toward Rock Creek and the trees, you will find the tomb, now long empty.
On the morning of Sunday, April 2, 1865, President Jefferson Davis walked, as was his custom, from the White House of the Confederacy to St. Paul's Episcopal Church, where Robert E. Lee and his wife worshipped and where Davis was confirmed as a member of the parish in 1861.
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"New York Times"-bestselling author of "Manhunt" returns to the Civil War era to tell the epic story of the search for Jefferson Davis and the eventful funeral procession for assassinated president Abraham Lincoln.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 boarded a train from Richmond and fled the capital, setting off an intense chase as 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. To the Union, Davis was no longer merely a traitor, but a murderer. Lincoln's murder, autopsy, and White House funeral transfixed the nation. Millions watched the funeral train roll by on its way to Illinois, in the largest and most magnificent funeral pageant in American history. Meanwhile, 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.--From publisher description.

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