Lincoln was not assassinated; he was ordered executed by fellow politicians and military leaders because he wanted to welcome the Southern states back into the Union with their full constitutional rights resorted. Threatened by this and other offers of clemency to the South, Vice-President Andrew Johnson, Secretary of War Edwin Stanton, and Chief of the National Detective Police Lafayette Baker took action to ensure that Lincoln’s policies would not be implemented.
Presenting incriminating evidence against the above conspirators, including coded notes in the margin of a military book owned by Baker, biographies of lesser-known players in the assassination plot, and John Wilkes Booth’s role as a pawn, Dr. Griffin offers new perspective on the murder that continues to intrigue historians. Fascinating revelations about the possible trails of Booth’s escape from Garrett’s barn make for a fast-paced, riveting read, raising as many questions as it answers.
A distinguished professor emeritus as the University of South Carolina, Dr. john Chandler Griffin has published fourteen books,most recently A Pictorial History of the Confederacy. In 2000, Gov. Jim Hodges named him to the Order of the Silver Crescent, the state’s highest award.