BOOK 1 in the 150th Anniversary Series of the Lincoln Assassination: Books stacked on top of one another about the Lincoln Assassination will reach the top of the tower in the Castle, or should I say the Smithsonian Institute. The first in the Lincoln Assassination Series will be one where, as the author, I transform into the character and take a “time machine” back to the 1865.
I began my research by first reading numerous first edition books written and published in 1869-1890, part of a collection handed down to me when my father, Elmer A. Struss, passed away in his business in Eagle Lake, Texas in 2003 and my family sent them my way.
Over the last forty years writing local history and family genealogy books, I learned one of the best ways to find the pieces to the puzzle is to put myself in the place of the person I am writing about. What this means is the time and place…and the gender. From reading a large number of novels and history books from other authors, I came to realize the writings depend on where the author’s writing occurrs as to which direction the story unfolds.
In the case of my first book in the 150th Anniversary Series of the Lincoln Assassination, I was not going to write in support of one side or the other. I drew a narrow gray line between how the facts are described in the novel. I hadn’t even started the series without noticing I used the word gray when I could have used “blue” line…so much with trying to hide my feelings, right? This novel will present the facts in the most truthful manner as possible. The first five novels in the series cover the assassination and trial of the conspirators.
In the first novel of the series, the assassination and funeral of Abraham Lincoln to the capture and torture of Jefferson Davis are covered.
There are a number of conspiracy theories covered in Book 6. “The Lincoln Assassination – Who Really Killed President Abraham Lincoln?”
What was the real cause of the civil war? Did Lincoln send orders with one of his generals to assassinate Davis? Did Jeff Davis send orders to kill Abraham Lincoln? Since the war was not officially over, did John Wilkes Booth act on orders from the Knights of the Golden Circle or from Clement Clay and the Secret Service in Montreal, Canada? Was Jefferson Davis really wearing a dress when captured in Georgia on May 10, 1865? Did John Wilkes Booth actually jump from the box where he shot Lincoln or did Henry Rathbone in his scuffle knock him off? What is the truth behind the reason there was no security guard guarding President Lincoln? Did Secretary Edwin Stanton of the War Department participate in the assassination of Lincoln?
I assure the readers right off the bat the hanging of Mary Surratt, in my opinion, was not justice in triumph. The Lincoln Assassination trial was marked by bribery, lies, perjury, and intimidation of the witnesses and defendants, including torture. If only Edman Spangler could tell you of his stay at the “Holiday Inn” on the USS Saugus.
In closing, let me tease you with my transformation into the shoes of Secretary Edwin Stanton. “I became bitter and upset of Lincoln after only writing a half chapter posing as a politically ambitious and ruthless cabinet member under Lincoln. My good friend, Colonel Lafayette Baker, does all my dirty work, including any information about my involvement in the assassination left in John Wilkes Booth red diary which never showed up on the evidence table in the courtroom during the trial. Even further, I tore out a number of pages and set them to fire and made sure the writings would never surface for anyone to read.
In concluding my summary of the first novel in the 150th Anniversary Series of the Lincoln Assassination, I jump into the Secretary of the Navy’s shoes, Secretary Gideon Welles, and almost immediately I am talking with my good friend Abe. “Mr. President, Stanton is “bad!”
Published December 2015!
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