COMPILED BY RICHARD WEBSTERAbduction plot, against Buchanan, 14; against Lincoln and new Cabinet, 56, 57; Booth tells Chester about plot in win­] ter of 64-5, 114-5; the conspirators in, 115-8, 120; fails, 119; not backed by Canadian agents, 122; nor by Richmond authorities, 123; difficulties of, 124; au­] thorities confuse it with murder, 193; Booth's apology for, in his letter, 240-2; St. Helen explains why murder was substituted, 342; failure of, drives Booth to murder, 392
Alexandria, Va., Clemens says he came from, to kill Lincoln, 122; ferry to, Washington exit to be watched, 193; no pass required to (in Apr. '65), 194; trains to Fairfax from, ordered stopped, 198
Allen, Maj. E. J., alias of Allan Pink­] erton, 29, 58
American Knights, Order of, opposes war, 130; J. T. Ford says Spangler a member of, 140
American Museum (Barnum's) adver­] tises visit by Lincoln, 23; visited by Mrs. Lincoln, 24; Confederate plan to burn, 102
Amusements, Washington, 9-10, 69-70
Anderson, Maj. Robert, on conditions at Fort Sumter, 55
Andersonville prison, Corbett sent to, 70; inhumanity of Wirz there, 305
"Apostate, The," John Booth plays Pescara in, 8, 89, 90, 98, 102
Appomattox, news of, in Washing­] ton, 134-5
Arch Street Theatre, Philadelphia, Booth's appearances at, 84, 90-1
Armstron, Rev. J. G., of Richmond, Va., myth he was Booth; his real his­] tory, 326-8
Army Medical Museum, three Booth vertebræ in, 275; lodged in what was Ford's Theatre, 298
Arnold, I. N., on Washington as armed camp, 12 n; on Baltimore plot, 39, 45; tries to see Lincoln Good Friday night, 164-5
Arnold, Samuel, boyhood friend of Booth, 107; in abduction plot. 115, 117, 123; on the plot, 118-9, 123; reproves Booth, 119, 138; returns to Baltimore, 119; Booth and he quarrel, 139; his let­] ter is found in Booth's trunk and leads to his arrest, 192-3, 236, 246; authorities at cross purposes in tracing, 193; held on board Saugus, 273; sentenced to hard labor for life, sent to Fort Jefferson, 295; pardoned by Johnson ('69), 314; knew John was buried at Green Mount, 317-8
Arsenal, Washington, D. C., Garretts imprisoned there and threatened by mob, 283; history; Booth's body taken to old penitentiary building there and buried, 292-3; reburial in warehouse of Booth and four conspirators, 305-6
Asburn, C. W., son of L. I. Booth, wants to get George's oil lands, 360
Assassination, Baltimore plot of '61, 26; Lincoln alludes to, 27; Pinkerton uncovers, 34-5; pros and cons of, 36 et seq.; for political purposes, not Ameri­] can, 47, 59; safeguards against, often un­] availing, 71; attempted, of Jackson in '35, 74; rumors of, at Mar. '65 inaugura­] tion, 121-2; Lamon fears, 137; see Lin­] coln, murder of
Assassination Committee, Rogers of, says no evidence of Confederate leaders' complicity, 388
Atlanta, Ga., Armstrong and Edwin Booth in, 327
Atzerodt, G. A. ("Port Tobacco"), in abduction plot, 118; from Lower Maryland, 124; at Pennsylvania House, 136; meets Booth and Paine at Herndon House, 166; Booth puts name at end of letter, 202; and bay mare at Nailor's, 232-3; saddle and bridle give clue to, 234; runs away from killing Johnson; is caught, 236-7; Murphy thinks he would have been convicted even by civil court, 238; Doster is counsel for, 244, 286; often at Mrs. Surratt's, 247; moved from Old Capitol to Montauk; ironed, handcuffed, hooded, 273; reward paid for his capture, 284; sentenced to death; hanged, 295; removal of body to arsenal warehouse 1, 305-6; named by Sinclair in delirium, 328; not taken by Dana's troops, as Dana said, 341 n
Augur, Gen. C. C., commanding Washington military department, 121, 178; at Petersen house; gets order to turn out troops, 187; orders cavalry to banks of upper Potomac, 198-9; and to


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  • Title Page iii
  • Contents v
  • Illustrations vii
  • Foreword ix
  • One Federal City, 1860-1865 3
  • Two · a President-Elect Takes a Journey 13
  • Three - The Safeguarding of Lincoln 51
  • Four The True John Booth 75
  • Five "A Turn Towards the Evil" 97
  • Six Charity and Hate 127
  • Seven the Fourteenth of April 145
  • Eight Pandemonium 168
  • Nine . . . . . Terror by Night 186
  • Ten . . . . . . Flight's End 228
  • Eleven . . . . . This Was He 259
  • Twelve False Colors and Shapes 324
  • Afterword 382
  • Pardon 393
  • Acknowledgments 394
  • Bibliography 396
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