155 Years ago Abraham Lincoln was shot in the back of the head by John Wilkes Booth!
Many do not know this in our generation, but my father, Elmer A. Struss, the former Mayor of Eagle Lake, Texas, was a highly sought after speaker and noted historian on the Civil War. He made, on numerous occasions, speaking engagements to most of the universities in the Southwest Conference (now the Big 12) and local book clubs in Colorado County, Texas and surrounding communities. He also collected for over fifty years’ numerous First Edition novels from the 1800s.
Today, most historians and those who love history associated with the War Between the States, agree that John Wilkes Booth, one of President Abe Lincoln’s favorite actors, headed the conspiracy to murder him, his cabinet officers and Vice President Andrew Johnson.
I have been the proud recipient of these novels and have read most, if not all of them, to try and gain a tenth of the knowledge as my father. This is when I found the best way to understand the Lincoln Assassination and all of the conspiracy theories that go along with it, was in the writing of five books on the subject of the assassination in the creative nonfiction genre! Two of the conspirators’ stories are also found in books explicitly reflecting Lewis Thornton Powell and Mary Elizabeth Surratt’s involvement.
There are, to this day, many conspiracy theories about Lincoln’s assassination. In writing of the novels, one can see many times why the Secretary of War Edwin Stanton might have masterminded the entire conspiracy to kill Abe Lincoln.
General Ulysses S. Grant had planned to attend the play at Ford’s theater that dreadful night of April 14th. Stanton ordered him out of Washington, D.C., at the last minute. Stanton, on that same night, did not honor Lincoln’s request to have Major Thomas T. Eckert serve as his bodyguard for the evening. Another interesting bit of information was that on that same night, after Lincoln was shot, Stanton closed all the bridges in and out of D.C. Every one, except for the Navy Yard Bridge, which, by the way, Booth took for his escape route and remained on the loose for almost two weeks. Additionally, Stanton gave orders to specific Union soldiers to kill Booth rather than take him alive. And, lastly, 15 pages were missing from John Wilkes Boothe’s diary found on his body and turned in to him.
We will be celebrating the 155th Anniversary of the Assassination of Abraham Lincoln on April 14th, 2020. To honor the day he was shot and the day he died, the BeeBop Publishing Group is releasing for the very first time the complete Box Set of five of the novels that cover the assassination of Lincoln, the capture of John Wilkes Booth, and the torture of Jefferson Davis by our federal government.
The Box Set sells for $14.95, but for two days only, April 14-15, 2020, the price is slashed to half-price or only $7.50! Get your complete set today! That’s a total of five books and 1300+ pages for a low, low price!
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