Staff Ride Guide: The Lincoln Assassination

Staff Ride Guide: The Lincoln Assassination
Title:
Staff Ride Guide: The Lincoln Assassination
Format:
Paperback
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GPO Stock Number:
008-029-00654-5
ISBN:
9780160955792
Description

The U.S. Army uses the staff ride as a tool for professional development, honing the critical thinking and decision-making skills of contemporary soldiers, and enabling them to learn and gain insights from the past. Army educators have employed staff rides to provide soldiers and civilians a better understanding of past military operations, the complexities and vagaries of warfare, and military planning.

The Lincoln Assassination Staff Ride offers significant political, strategic, legal, and military lessons. Revisiting the historic sites associated with the assassination’s planning, execution, and aftermath—including the site of the conspirators’ trial by military commission, viewed through the eyes of the actual participants— affords students insights into decision making under immense pressure and the human condition during times of crisis.

Table of Contents

The Lincoln Assassination and the Wider Conspiracy: An Overview  1 Prelude to the Lincoln Assassination . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1

The Lincoln Assassination 5

Additional Assassination Attempts 11

Immediate Consequences: The Manhunt 14

Trial and Sentencing of the Conspirators  22

Aftermath and Analysis 28

Further Readings 33

Chronology 36

Army Reaction to the Assassination 41

Order of Presidential Succession in 1865 43

Military Commission for the Trial  46

Legacy and Collective Memory: The Changing Historical Narrative 47

Selected Biographical Sketches 54

Targets of the Conspiracy 54

Abraham Lincoln 54

Andrew Johnson 57

William H. Seward 60

Ulysses S. Grant 64

Conspirators 67

John Wilkes Booth 67

Mary E. J. Surratt  69

Lewis T. Powell  71

David E. Herold  73

George A. Atzerodt  75

Dr. Samuel A. Mudd 77

Michael O’Laughlen Jr. 79

Samuel B. Arnold  80

Edman “Ned” Spangler  82

John H. Surratt Jr. 84

Justice Seekers  86

Edwin M. Stanton 86

Joseph Holt 88

Thomas “Boston” Corbett  90

Suggested Stops and Discussion Topics 93

Stop 1. Ford’s Theatre 95

Stop 2. Petersen House   98

Stop 3. Surratt Boarding House 102 

Stop 4. Old Arsenal Penitentiary  105

Stop 5. Surratt House  109

Stop 6. Dr. Samuel A. Mudd House 112

Maps No. 1. John Wilkes Booth’s Escape Route, Washington, D.C. 10

2. Booth and Herold’s Escape Route, Maryland  17 3.

Booth and Herold’s Escape Route, Potomac River 19 4.

Booth and Herold’s Escape Route, Virginia  20 5.

Booth and Herold’s Escape Route  94

Illustrations Lincoln’s Second Inaugural Address xii

Lincoln Assassination  6

Booth’s Derringer 8

Booth’s Knife 8

Seward Assassination Attempt  12

Powell’s Revolver 13

Powell’s Knife 13

Booth’s Compass  18

Scene in the Courtroom 25

Conspirators’ Execution 27

Lincoln’s Funeral Procession   29

Booth’s Diary 37

Military Commission and Trial Prosecutors  46

Abraham Lincoln  54

Andrew Johnson  57

William H. Seward 60

Ulysses S. Grant  64

John Wilkes Booth 67

Mary E. J. Surratt  69

Lewis T. Powell  71

David E. Herold

73 George A. Atzerodt  75

Dr. Samuel A. Mudd 77

Michael O’Laughlen Jr. 79

Samuel B. Arnold   80

Edman “Ned” Spangler 82

John H. Surratt Jr.  84

Edwin M. Stanton 86

•• xi ••

Joseph Holt  88

Thomas “Boston” Corbett   90

Ford’s Theatre  Petersen House  98

Surratt Boarding House  102

Grant Hall 105

Surratt House  109

Dr. Samuel A. Mudd House112

Front cover: President Abraham Lincoln (right), John Wilkes Booth (left), Ford’s Theatre in 1865 (top), and the execution of the conspirators (bottom)

Back cover: Poster issued by Secretary of War Edwin M. Stanton advertising reward money for the capture of Booth and his accomplices, 20 April 1865

Audience

Historians, teachers, students, and members of the general public interested in learning about Army staff ride doctrine or the American Civil War.

Product Details

Availability Details:
In Stock
USA Price:
$10.00
International Price:
$14.00
Publisher:
United States Army Center of Military History (CMH)
Author:
  • Beard, A. Joseph
Key Phrases:
  • Assassination
  • Planning
  • Execution
  • Aftermath
Weight:
0.5625
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Cover:
Paper
Unit of Issue (US):
1
Unit of Issue (Non-US):
1
Record Creation Date:
06/19/2020
Last Status Update:
11/13/2020
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