Lincoln's Chief Avenger

Elizabeth D. Leonard

in The Lincoln Assassination

Published by Fordham University Press

Published in print June 2010 | ISBN: 9780823232260
Published online March 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780823240784 | DOI:

Series: The North's Civil War

Lincoln's Chief Avenger

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This chapter presents a thorough and revealing profile of Kentuckian Joseph Holt, who had served in the Lincoln administration as Judge Advocate General and, during the time these emotional funerals were taking place, became the chief prosecutor of the conspirators. It offers useful and original insights into the man whose work in the summer of 1865 made such a major impact on the conspirators' fate—and on legal history. Although Holt was a Democrat politically, his loyalty to the Union and the president proved to be unmatched, earning him the respect of another onetime Democrat, Secretary of War Edwin M. Stanton, who entrusted the swift conviction of the Lincoln assassination conspirators to this complex, hardworking man.

Keywords: Abraham Lincoln; assassination; chief prosecutor; Democrat; Joseph Holt

Chapter.  7042 words. 

Subjects: History of the Americas

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