Military history

Bloody Crimes: The Chase for Jefferson Davis and the Death Pageant for Lincoln's Corpse

Bloody Crimes: The Chase for Jefferson Davis and the Death Pageant for Lincoln's Corpse

As the Yankees approached Richmond on April 2, 1865, Jefferson Davis fled the capital, setting off an intense and thrilling chase in which Union cavalry hunted the Confederate president. Two weeks later, President Lincoln was assassinated, and the nation was convinced that Davis was involved in the crime. Preparing for the largest and most magnificent funeral pageant in American history, soldiers placed Lincoln’s corpse aboard a special train to Springfield, Illinois. Along the way, several million mourners watched the funeral train roll by.

INTRODUCTION

PROLOGUE

Chapter 1. “Flitting Shadows”

Chapter 2. “In the Days of Our Youth”

Chapter 3. “Unconquerable Hearts”

Chapter 4. “Borne by Loving Hands”

Chapter 5. “The Body of the President Embalmed!”

Chapter 6. “We Shall See and Know Our Friends in Heaven”

Chapter 7. “The Cause Is Not Yet Dead”

Chapter 8. “He Is Named for You”

Chapter 9. “Coffin That Slowly Passes”

Chapter 10. “By God, You Are the Men We Are Looking For”

Chapter 11. “Living in a Tomb”

Chapter 12. “The Shadow of the Confederacy”

EPILOGUE

BIBLIOGRAPHY

NOTES