Bloody Crimes: The Chase for Jefferson Davis and the Death by James L. Swanson

By James L. Swanson

At the morning of April 2, 1865, Jefferson Davis, president of the Confederacy, obtained a telegram from normal Robert E. Lee. there isn't any extra time—the Yankees are coming, it warned. presently sooner than middle of the night, Davis boarded a educate from Richmond and fled the capital, surroundings off an excessive and exciting chase within which Union cavalry hunted the accomplice president.

Two weeks later, President Lincoln used to be assassinated, and the country was once confident that Davis was once interested in the conspiracy that resulted in the crime. Lincoln's homicide, post-mortem, and White condo funeral transfixed the state. His ultimate trip all started while squaddies positioned his corpse aboard a unique educate that might hold him domestic at the 1,600-mile journey to Springfield. alongside the best way, greater than one million americans seemed upon their martyr's face, and a number of other million watched the funeral teach roll by way of. It used to be the biggest and most opulent funeral festival in American history.

To the Union, Davis was once now not in simple terms a traitor. He turned a assassin, a sought after guy with a $100,000 bounty on his head. Davis used to be hunted down and put in captivity, the start of an extreme and dramatic odyssey that will rework him right into a martyr of the South's misplaced Cause.

The saga that started with Manhunt keeps with the suspenseful and electrifying Bloody Crimes. James Swanson masterfully weaves jointly the tales of 2 fallen leaders as they made their final expeditions throughout the bloody panorama of a wounded kingdom.

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