He temporarily enlisted in the Confederate army in 1959 in order to witness the hanging of abolitionist John Brown - afterwards he returned to Richmond and was discharged. The guard at the bridge was already skeptical enough, and with yet another man wanting to cross so late at night, he did not want to take any more chances. Above all, the literary quality in Manhunt is quite good, hardly a given for a non-fiction writer, while the history itself provides all the drama a writer could ask for. They simply allowed them to remain, share a meal with the entire family, and sleep in their house, with slim to no questions asked. Apparently, when he had jumped from the presidential box to the stage, upon his landing he had fractured bones in one of his legs, near his ankle.
Chapter Three Earlier that night, Booth brought a borrowed horse to the theatre and found a willing theatre hand named Ned Spangler to hold her during the show. A Confederate sympathizer and a member of a celebrated acting family, Booth threw away his fame and wealth for a chance to avenge the South's defeat. At the Mudd house, none of them — including Samuel — knew that Booth had killed the president of the United States only a few hours before. It was only a matter of time until Southern President Jefferson Davis and his cabinet were captured, and the war would be over. Swanson, a historian and attorney in Washington D. As soon as Booth and Herold had made themselves comfortable in the barn and drifted off to uneasy sleep, two of the Garrett sons locked them in the barn.
I have to admit I'm a bit stymied as to how to review this book. The plotting, the conspiracy, the murder. This book was a little gruesome. Seward miraculously survived his wounds but Booth was successful in shooting a bullet into the back of Lincoln's head and seriously injuring an army major in his box with a knife before escaping the theater. The author uses first-hand accounts, trial testimony etc.
A meeting location was Mary Surratt's tavern, and one of Booth's confidants was her son, John. However, he had not imagined that Joseph B. You have to admire a writer who can en How the heck did Swanson manage to make this very well-known story so riveting? While the two dueled, Fanny started screaming in angst and confusion. The tale told is a non fiction, well-researched, dramatic narrative of the hunt for John Wilkes Booth, murderer of Abraham Lincoln. Making the pursuit of the killers of Abraham Lincoln the focus of the book places Booth in the central role. It works effectively at the beginning: the assassination itself, for example, is gripping.
His escape from justice becomes one that is seen as heroic and at times almost noble. A gripping hour-by-hour account told through the eyes of the hunted and the hunters, this is history as you've never read it before. When he turns them out, he gives them a name — William Lucas — and tells them to stay with him instead. Back at the theatre, people were crowding around in an irritatingly curious way to see the president. Not in the poetry, but in the sheer drama of it. He decided that, while Powell was working his magic on the occupants within, he would wait outside.
I suppose one might argue that since the letter appears in italics and not within quotes, it is subject to a greater degree of license, but that logic really falls flat in this reviewer's estimation. The actor who played Harry Hawk barely had time to connect what had just taken place. Okay, so I liked this book and there was a lot of new and interesting information. Stuart, when answering his door, did not care who stood outside — he simply refused to allow anyone to stay the night. It even made me think he didn't like Lincoln that much. Stanton's dragnet later captured all of the conspirators. As for Samuel Mudd, the lie that many Americans tend to believe is that he genuinely did not know that it was Booth and Herold that had stopped for assistance at his house.
He took out his pistol, but instead of shooting the young Seward, he beat him over the head multiple times. Booth's flight was likely desperate and by using this source material the flight becomes romanticized. Although he cannot know for certain the thoughts and motivations of the major players, his research seems so thorough that he is in a good place to make reasonable conjectures. Afterwards, the boy again tried to throw Booth and Herold out, but they would not hear it. Booth is not demonized, nor is he glorified.
He makes Manhunt very accessible and infuses it with high drama. He let Booth have what he deserved, however, when he returned home from his errands. He did not consider the fact that papers and people on streets would be shouting about his crime all over the country. This was one of the features written on fliers for common people to watch out for. He spent time plotting grand crimes against the federal government while he toured the country as an actor.
Glaring at the man, Booth reached in his pocket for his knife. Next door at Peter Taltavul's bar, the Star Saloon, it was a night like any. Swanson does a terrific job of cobbling together a stunningly complete and compelling narrative of Booth's time on the lam while armies hunted for him, all from interviews with the subjects, court transcripts, newspaper accounts, and other books written by those involved at at the time. The blood was stored in glass jars to be preserved. There's something magical about a book that is so thoroughly and meticulously researched, yet reads effortlessly and with great entertainment value.