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Blood on the Moon: The Assassination of Abraham Lincoln (original 2001; edition 2005)

by Edward Steers Jr.

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Title:Blood on the Moon: The Assassination of Abraham Lincoln
Authors:Edward Steers Jr.
Info:The University Press of Kentucky (2005), Paperback, 400 pages
Collections:Your library, 2011 Readings
Rating:*****
Tags:U.S. History, 19th Century, Abraham Lincoln, assassination, John Wilkes Booth, American Civil War, Lincoln Assassination

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Blood on the Moon: The Assassination of Abraham Lincoln by Edward Steers Jr. (2001)

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And I will shew wonders in the heavens and in the earth,

blood, and fire, and pillars of smoke.

The sun shall be turned into darkness, and the moon into

blood, before the terrible day of the Lord cometh.

Joel 2:31-32
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To

Edward Steers Sr. (1910-1990),

whose love of history rubbed off,

to

Patricia Aire Steers,

who love of me made this book possible,

and

to

Molly,

in whose absence this book would have been

finished one year sooner.
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Abraham Lincoln has become the subject of more writings than any other person in American history.
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The assassination of Abraham Lincoln dramatically altered the course of American history and forever stripped a young nation of its innocence.  More than one million Americans viewed the president's remains as his body made its way from Washington, D.C., to Springfield, Illinois.  Seven million more gathered along the miles of track to view the funeral train as it passed.  In all, one in four Americans paid their respects to their fallen "Father Abraham," who , as one special choir sang at the funeral ceremonies, "fell in Freedom's cause."

Lincoln's untimely death still haunts the nation and fascinates its people.  Theories abound regarding the events surrounding his assassination.  Did John Wilkes Booth act alone?   Were Dr. Samuel Mudd and Mary E. Surratt innocent victims?  Was the recovered from the burning tobacco barn really Booth's?  Until now, there has been no comprehensive study, based on primary sources, of Lincoln's assassination and Booth's escape.  Blood on the Moon: The Assassination of Abraham Lincoln presents the most up-to-date research into public and private archives and makes clear the important role of Samuel Mudd and members of the Confederate Secret Service in Booth's crime and escape.  Edward Steers Jr. finally puts to rest the many myths and popular misconceptions surrounding these key players and accurately depicts what happened during the days leading up to and immediately after Lincoln's murder. [from the jacket]
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