A Court for Owls: A Novel

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Pineapple Press, 1989 - Fiction - 269 pages
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The son of a Baptist preacher, Lewis Powell joined the Florida Jasper Blues to fight for the Confederacy in 1861. He soon had a fateful encounter with John Wilkes Booth and was drawn into the plot to kidnap Abraham Lincoln. In 1865 he was tried as a conspirator in the assassination of Lincoln, during which Powell attacked and wounded Secretary of State William Seward. From these facts and other scattered details of the life of Lewis Powell (alias Lewis Payne), Richard Adicks has constructed a historical novel that moves us into the heart of the war between the North and the South and into the crosscurrents of idealism and fanaticism. Rich in the color and detail of the Civil War, this tale moves from rural Florida to Powell s baptism by fire in the early battles of the war. Wounded and captured at Gettysburg, he serves as a prisoner nurse in a field hospital until he escapes to Baltimore. There he falls in love with Mary Branson and soon becomes mired in fringe regiments doing the dirty work of the faltering cause. By 1865 he is pulled deeper into Booth s mad effort to avenge the defeated Confederacy."

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The details of the assassination of Lincoln by John Wilkes Booth are widely known, but many are unaware that eight co-conspirators were tried and four, including one woman, were hanged for their parts ... Read full review

Contents

Section 1
1
Section 2
6
Section 3
20
Section 4
34
Section 5
44
Section 6
51
Section 7
63
Section 8
70
Section 12
131
Section 13
145
Section 14
159
Section 15
173
Section 16
185
Section 17
201
Section 18
220
Section 19
231

Section 9
79
Section 10
100
Section 11
114
Section 20
250
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About the author (1989)

Richard Adicks, a sixth-generation Floridian, is a professor-emeritus of literature at the University of Central Florida. He has extensively published on American writers and Florida history.

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