By James L. Swanson
At the morning of April 2, 1865, Jefferson Davis, president of the Confederacy, obtained a telegram from basic Robert E. Lee. there's no extra time—the Yankees are coming, it warned. almost immediately prior to dead night, Davis boarded a educate from Richmond and fled the capital, surroundings off an extreme and exciting chase during which Union cavalry hunted the accomplice president.
Two weeks later, President Lincoln used to be assassinated, and the kingdom used to be confident that Davis used to be concerned with the conspiracy that resulted in the crime. Lincoln's homicide, post-mortem, and White condo funeral transfixed the country. His ultimate trip all started whilst infantrymen positioned his corpse aboard a unique educate that may hold him domestic at the 1,600-mile journey to Springfield. alongside the best way, greater than 1000000 american citizens seemed upon their martyr's face, and several other million watched the funeral educate roll via. It was once the most important and most opulent funeral competition in American history.
To the Union, Davis used to be now not only a traitor. He turned a assassin, a sought after guy with a $100,000 bounty on his head. Davis used to be hunted down and put in captivity, the start of an excessive and dramatic odyssey that might rework him right into a martyr of the South's misplaced Cause.
The saga that begun with Manhunt keeps with the suspenseful and electrifying Bloody Crimes. James Swanson masterfully weaves jointly the tales of 2 fallen leaders as they made their final expeditions in the course of the bloody panorama of a wounded state.
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Bloody Crimes: The Chase for Jefferson Davis and the Death Pageant for Lincoln's Corpse by James L. Swanson