True Crime in the Civil War: Cases of Murder, Treason, Counterfeiting, Massacre, Plunder & Abuse

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Stackpole Books, Feb 16, 2012 - True Crime - 320 pages
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Crime did not take a holiday during the Civil War, far from it. As Tobin Buhk shows in this fast-paced narrative, the war created new opportunities to gain profits from illegal activities, to settle old scores against personal enemies under the cover of fighting the nation's enemies, to pillage, plunder, and murder amid the carnage and destruction that seemed to offer license to legitimize such crimes. Students of the Civil War will find new information in this readable account. --James M. McPherson,Author of Battle Cry of Freedom
• Examines criminal cases during the conflict
• Cases include currency counterfeiting, tyrannical actions of Gen. Benjamin Butler, the murder of Gen. Earl van Dorn, raids by William Quantrill's Bushwhackers, the Fort Pillow Massacre, the horrific prison conditions at Andersonville, the fate of Lincoln the assassination conspirators, and more
 

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Contents

Introduction The Criminal State of the Union 1
1
Chapter 1 Inside Castle Thunder Notorious Richmond Prison 13
13
Chapter 2 Sam Uphams Counterfeiting Scheme 24
24
Chapter 3 Benjamin Butler Beast of New Orleans 31
31
Chapter 4 The Sack of Athens and the CourtMartial of Col J B Turchin 45
45
The Murder of Bull Nelson and the WalkerMarmaduke Duel 58
58
Chapter 6 The Faulkner Outrage and Detroits Draft Riot 74
74
Chapter 7 The Slaying of the Beckham Family 85
85
Chapter 12 Sue Mundy Terror of Kentucky 161
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PHOTO SECTION
168
Chapter 13 The Trial of the Lincoln Assassination Conspirators 180
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Champ Fergusons Private War 206
206
Chapter 15 Murder or Misadventure? Temperance Neely Kills Her Former Slave 219
219
Chapter 16 The War Crimes Trial of Andersonvilles Controversial Commandant 240
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Chronology 265
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Endnotes 267
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Chapter 8 The Lawrence Massacre and the NotSoCivil War of Quantrill Anderson and the James Brothers 109
109
Chapter 9 The Murder of Gen Earl Van Dorn 125
125
Bedford Forrest and the Fort Pillow Massacre 136
136
The Rebel Arson Plot 148
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Bibliography 293
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Index 301
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Back Cover
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About the author (2012)

Tobin T. Buhk is a freelance writer who lives in Jenison, Michigan, and is coauthor with Stephen D. Cohle of Skeletons in the Closet: Tales from the County Morgue (978-1-59102-603-7) and Cause of Death: Forensic Files of a Medical Examiner (978-1-59102-447-7).

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