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Stealing Lincoln's Body

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ISBN-10: 0674030397

ISBN-13: 9780674030398

Edition: 2007

Authors: Thomas J. Craughwell

List price: $20.00
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On the night of the presidential election in 1876, a gang of counterfeiters out of Chicago attempted to steal the entombed embalmed body of Abraham Lincoln and hold it for ransom. The custodian of the tomb was so shaken by the incident that he willingly dedicated the rest of his life to protecting the president's corpse. In a lively and dramatic narrative, Thomas J. Craughwell returns to this bizarre, and largely forgotten, event with the first book to place the grave robbery in historical context. He takes us through the planning and execution of the crime and the outcome of the investigation. He describes the reactions of Mary Todd Lincoln and Robert Todd Lincoln to the theft--and the…    
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Book details

List price: $20.00
Copyright year: 2007
Publisher: Harvard University Press
Publication date: 2/28/2009
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 288
Size: 5.25" wide x 8.25" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.770

Thomas J. Craughwell is the author of several books on Catholic history and American popular culture, including Saints Behaving Badly, The Wisdom of the Popes, and Urban Legends.

Prologue: "Lay My Remains in Some Quiet Place"
The World of the Counter feiters Big Jim's Kennally's Big Idea
The Boss Body Snatchers of Chicago
"The Devils Are Up Here"
The Body in the Basement
"The Tools of Smarter Men"
The Lincoln Guard of Honor A Pullman-Style Burial
Epilogue: Safe and Secure at Last
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