The Assassination of Abraham Lincoln; Flight, Pursuit, Capture, and Punishment of the Conspirators

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9780217378383: The Assassination of Abraham Lincoln; Flight, Pursuit, Capture, and Punishment of the Conspirators

Book may have numerous typos, missing text, images, or index. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. 1901. Excerpt: ... CHAPTER XIII. NARRATIVE OF A WALK OF THE AUTHOR, MAY, I9OI, OVER THE ROUTE OF FLIGHT AND CAPTURE. Having had for a long time a great desire to walk over the route which Booth took when fleeing from Washington through Maryland to Virginia, and to talk with the people who were still living and who aided the assassin in that flight, I started, with a combination walking stick and umbrella, and a leather bag over my shoulder, from the back door of Ford's Theater at four o'clock on the morning of May 12, 1901. It was a beautiful morning, and perfect quiet prevailed. For fear that my clumsy walking shoes might make an alarming noise over the alley cobblestones and raise some suspicion at that early hour, I had previously warned the night watchman of the building that I would be at his back door at that time the following morning, and not to be alarmed. My departure was unnoticed, except by a few cats that were winding up their night's carousal. One hundred feet brought me to the alley leading out on F Street, and the distance over that to the street was 150 feet. It is not known which streets Booth rode through after turning east on F Street, until he reached the hill on the south side of the Capitol Building, where he was seen by a man who was going to his work. My route led me along F to Seventh, down Seventh to the Avenue, down the Avenue to the Peace Monument, thence through the southern portion of the Capitol Grounds to Eighth Street, south on Eighth to G, east on G to Eleventh, and south on Eleventh to the Navy Yard bridge across the eastern branch of the Potomac. No one questioned my right to pass-over this bridge, but when Booth reached this point his right to continue on his journey was challenged. At half-past ten o'clock on the night of the assassination Sergeant Silas T. Cobb ...

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