Mary Surratt: An American Tragedy

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I had a bad feeling about this book when I saw that the dust jacket on proclaimed the objectivity of a book with the subtitle "An American Tragedy." Objectivity isn't always necessary, and there is ... Read full review

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I enjoyed the book and the author was detailed in providing sources. There are obvious places where the author makes assumptions; she makes these clear with words such as perhaps etc. but still they do lend a flavor to the story. It is nearly impossible to tell if a witness was truthful from a century old written record; nevertheless, I tend to agree with her conclusion that if Mrs. Surratt had had a fair trial in civil court she would not have been found guilty. This story is particularly relevant today with the passage of a revised NDAA.  

Contents

Preface
9
Mary Elizabeth JenkinsHer Beginnings
13
Her Early Marriage to John SurrattTheir Children
19
St Ignatius Church
27
The Fire
33
Surratt House and Tavern
41
The South Secedes
45
War Comes to Maryland and Virginia
53
The Days of Infamy Begin
113
The Curtain Descends
123
Incarceration
129
The Trial Commences
143
The Trial Continues
159
A Ray of Hope
171
The Trial Ends
185
Verdict and Sentencing
201

Mary Surratt Becomes a Widow
61
The War and the Widow
67
A Change of Scene
75
The Boardinghouse
85
Strange People
93
A Plot Takes Form
103
Finis
215
Epilogue
227
Notes
235
Index
296
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