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The Life, Crime, and Capture of John Wilkes Booth

George Alfred Townsend

Book Overview: 

A series of articles by the New York World newspaper's special correspondent covering the assassination of Abraham Lincoln, its background and subsequent events. It should be noted that some statements in this contemporaneous account have since been shown to be inaccurate.

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Book Excerpt: 
. . .Abraham Lincoln, zealously guarded, are now reposing. The sage, the citizen, the patriot, the man, has reached all the eminence that life can give the worthy or the ambitious. The hunted fugitive who struck through our hearts to slay him, should stand beside his stately bier to see how powerless are bullets and blades to take the real life of any noble man!


Washington, April 27th.

Justice is satisfied, though blinder vengeance may not be. While the illustrious murdered is on the way to the shrine, the stark corpse of his murderer lies in the shambles. The one died quietly, like his life; the other died fighting, like his crime. And now that over all of them the darkness and the dew have descended, the populace, which may not be all satisfied, may perhaps be calmed. No triumphal mourning can add to the President's glory; no further execration can disturb the assassin's slumbers. They have gone for . . . Read More

Community Reviews

aaaaah, kinda just not of note

A fascinating collection of articles written in the actual aftermath of the assassination of President Lincoln. These writings offer an intriguing look at the crime and capture of J. Wilkes Booth. Also, it provides a look at the mindset of the people at the time, as they tried to speculate on his mo

I thought this was an interesting read about the aftermath of the death of Lincoln and the hunt for Booth, especially as an example of the journalism of the era, but there were some things mentioned that would throw you if you hadn’t researched the topic beforehand.