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From Newest Novel from the Lincoln Assassination Series Due to Release June 29th, 2015…WHO AM I

The second novel in the 150th Anniversary of the Lincoln Assassination Series is scheduled for release in three weeks, The Lincoln Assassination – The Pursuit and Capture of John Wilkes Booth and the Trial of Davy Herold.

In today’s post, I would like to take a snip of the book from the Introduction…WHO AM I?

Who Am I? – God has Bestowed Many Blessings on Me. He Has Shown Me if I Fall Down, I Can Still Get Up!

HE SAYS I have a proneness for quoting scripture. If I should do so now, it occurs that perhaps he places himself somewhat upon the ground of the parable of the lost sheep which went astray upon the mountains, and when the owner of the hundred sheep found the one that was lost, and threw it upon his shoulders, and came home rejoicing, it was said that there was more rejoicing over the one sheep that was lost and had been found, than over the ninety and nine in the fold.

Verily I say unto you, there is more rejoicing in heaven over one sinner that repenteth, than over ninety and nine just persons who need no repentance. The Reverend Ada Slaton Bonds in an earlier novel entitled Faith – Seventy Times Seven, spoke weekly on repenting, leading all other women into the Louisiana Presbytery as the first ordained woman minister in the State of Louisiana.

  • When I was seven years old, my family and I were forced out of our home on a legal technicality (unclear land titles and court litigation)
  • When I was nine years old, my mother died from milk sickness
  • I was a rather shy boy and had to go to work to help the family make a living.
  • At the age of twenty-two, I lost my job as a store clerk. I was trying to make enough money to go to law school, but my education wasn’t good enough.
  • At the age of twenty-three, I joined a friend and we began a general store in New Salem. Three years later he died and left me with a failing business that took me years to repay the debt.
  • I met a wonderful woman at the age of twenty-four and when I asked her to marry me four years later, she refused and walked out on my life.
  • At the age of thirty-seven, I was finally elected to the United States Congress, having lost two times before.
  • At thirty-nine, I ran for Congress again and lost.
  • Following my reelection attempt, I had a complete nervous breakdown.
  • At forty-one years of age, adding to my heartache of an unhappy marriage, my four year old son died.
  • At forty-two I ran for the Land Office and lost.
  • At forty-five, I ran for the United States Senate and lost.
  • At forty-eight, I ran for the Vice President of the United States and lost.
  • At forty-nine, I ran for the United States Senate and lost.
  • Again, at fifty years of age, I ran for the United States Senate and lost, again.
  • At fifty-one years of age, I ran for the President of the United States and won.



Book 2 in the 150th Anniversary Series of the Lincoln Assassination

book 2 trial of davy herold one bullet killed the president

Pre-release of Book 2 in the Lincoln Assassination Series from Sean E. Jacobs is now available from Amazon.com, The Pursuit of John Wilkes Booth and the Trial of David ‘Davy’ Herold.

Booth planned the assassination of President Abraham Lincoln meticulously, even going to the trouble of boring holes in a wall in the box at Ford’s Theater to observe him before rushing in and firing a small lead ball into the back of his skull.

In all of his planning, one would have to believe he put as much strategy into his escape as he did the assassination or at least have a fresh horse awaiting him when he got across the Potomac River to the other side. A man with a full beard and David Herold were told to Union troops as having been seen walking around for two days. Could Booth have walked around for two days on his broken leg Dr. Samuel Mudd helped splint?

Is it possible that Booth could grow a full beard in only twelve days. Could a mistake have been made in identifying him? I doubt it as his picture was in newspapers and placards from playing on stages between New York and Washington City throughout 1864 to 1865.

After dying from the gunshot wound provided courtesy of Sergeant Boston Corbett, he was sewn up tight as a drum in a saddle blanket, placed in a wagon, and taken back to Washington City. The eight people carefully selected by Edwin Stanton, the Secretary of War, on the most part, were unfamiliar with Booth but assigned to his final identification process, including autopsy. The surgeon general only did a brief medical review, little more than an examination of the neck wound.

Stanton ordered Baker and Doherty to finish the job and take Booth’s body to an old and abandoned federal penitentiary at Greenleaf Point on the Potomac River. During the nighttime hours, the body was rowed to the prison, taken inside and placed in a grave where the brick flooring had been removed. Once there, the bricks were replaced and cemented back in place.

Why all the secrecy? Why was Stanton determined to personally handle every part of the identification process? The investigation? The resulting Military trial?  Why were photographs not taken during the autopsy? And, if by chance they were, what happened to them?

And finally, I must agree, the most important question is, when Edwin Stanton received Booth’s personal effects, why did he keep Booth’s small red diary and hide it in his desk drawer? And, when the red diary surfaced after the trial, why were there numerous pages torn out of the diary?

These questions are brought out and thought provoking with answers from the author is his sixth novel in the series, Who Really Killed President Abraham Lincoln? There are hundreds of questions scrutinized and answers from the author to each one (keep in mind this novel is fiction.)

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Oh, and yes, go and  pre-order Book 1 and Book 2 now. Comments appreciated at your conclusion to the second novel if you agreed with the Military Tribune and the fate of David Edgar “Davy” Herold.