Bloody Times

Bloody Times

The Funeral of Abraham Lincoln and the Manhunt for Jefferson Davis

Book - 2011 | 1st ed.
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New York Times bestselling author James L. Swanson brings to life the fast-paced, suspense-filled story of Abraham Lincoln's and Jefferson Davis's final journeys through our wounded nation following the Civil War.

This suspense-filled true-crime thriller--the young readers' adaptation of Swanson's Bloody Crimes--explores two epic events of the Civil War era: the manhunt to apprehend Confederate president Jefferson Davis in the wake of Abraham Lincoln's assassination and the momentous 20-day funeral pageant that brought President Lincoln's body from Washington, DC to his home in Springfield.

Full of fascinating twists and turns, and lavishly illustrated with dozens of rare historical images, Bloody Times captures the riveting stories of these two fallen leaders who changed the course of history. It's perfect for young readers who enjoy dramatic nonfiction tales from the likes of Steve Sheinkin and Patricia McCormick.

This book contains a note from the author, a glossary, a list of important Civil War figures, and a guide to visiting the historic sites mentioned within. A companion to the bestselling and highly acclaimed Chasing Lincoln's Killer.

Publisher: New York : Collins, c2011.
Edition: 1st ed.
ISBN: 9780061560897
0061560898
Branch Call Number: 973.7092 SWANSON
Characteristics: 196 p. : ill. ; 24 cm.

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IndyPL_SteveB Dec 20, 2018

A well-written history book that covers fascinating events barely mentioned in general histories. This is a juvenile version of the author’s adult non-fiction, *Bloody Crimes* (with the same subtitle). The book covers events right at the end of the United States Civil War, starting with the Union Army’s takeover of Richmond, Virginia (the confederate capital) on April 2, 1865. Jefferson Davis, the President of the Confederacy had to leave Richmond and head South; but he still thought the South could win. General Robert E. Lee surrendered his Army at Appomattox Court House on April 6. Lincoln was shot at Ford’s Theatre on April 14 and died the next morning.

Swanson does an interesting job of juxtaposing the events of the next two weeks, as Lincoln’s body went on a funeral train through many major American cities on the way to burial in Springfield, Illinois, with many stops for crowds to view the remains. (Over 100,000 people walked past the body in Indianapolis alone). At the same time, Union troops were pursuing Jefferson Davis as he rode through the South, still trying to rally what was left of the Confederacy. Unlike what students get in school, these are the details that make real history come alive.

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