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Assassination of Lincoln : a history of the great conspiracy

by Harris, T. M. (Thomas Mealey), 1817-1906

1892

Excerpt from Assassination of Lincoln: A History of the Great Conspiracy; Trial of the Conspirators by a Military Commission, and a Review of the Trial of John H. Surratt

IT is now more than twenty-seven years since the assassination of Abraham Lincoln, President of the United States, - an event of the greatest importance at the time, not only to the people of the United States, but to the civilized world. The trial of the conspirators by a military commission created the greatest possible interest; and the proceedings and testimony were published from day to day by all of the great newspapers oi the country, and read with avidity. The judgment of those who carefully studied the testimony at the time was formed upon a competent knowledge of the facts.

And yet, even then, the fate of the prisoners on trial before the Commission, to be found innocent or guilty according to the evidence, constituted the great point of interest, and thus tended to divert attention from the evidence against the other parties charged not only with being co-conspirators, but as being the instigators of the plot.

Since that time a new generation has come on to the stage of action, and as the official report of the trial by Ben Pittman, published at the time, is in the hands of but comparatively few people, a concise history of this great event, in popular form, but founded on the evidence, seemed to the writer to be due and called for at the present time.

Posted by George Freund on December 8, 2019 at 9:06 PM 143 Views