Bloody Times: The Funeral of Abraham Lincoln and the Manhunt for Jefferson Davis
New York Times bestselling author of Manhunt James L. Swanson creates an adaptation for young people of his adult book Bloody Crimes , a suspense-filled thriller that sheds light on two fallen leaders of the North and South. One man, President Lincoln, assassinated, on his way to the grave. Another man, the president of the Confederacy, Jefferson Davis, on the run, soon to be sent to prison. Their actions forever changed the history of a nation. On the morning of April 2, 1865, Davis received a telegram from General Robert E. Lee. There is no more timethe Yankees are coming, it warned. That night Davis fled Richmond, setting off an intense manhunt for the Confederate president. Two weeks later, President Lincoln was assassinated, and the nation was convinced that Davis was involved in the conspiracy that led to the crime. Lincolns murder, autopsy, and White House funeral transfixed the nation. His final journey began when soldiers placed his corpse aboard a special train that would carry him home to Springfield, Illinois. Along the way, more than a million Americans looked upon their martyrs face, and several million watched the funeral train roll by. It was the most magnificent funeral pageant in American history. James L. Swanson captures the riveting stories of these two influential men as they made their last journeys through the bloody landscape of a wounded nation.
A historic read you can't put down
By Lori Calabrese "Children's Books Examiner... - January 9, 2011
I recently devoured Bloody Times: The Funeral of Abraham Lincoln and the Manhunt for Jefferson Davis by James L. Swanson. It was one of those books I couldn't put down and read in just one day.
The book is a special adaptation for young readers of Swanson's adult book, Bloody Crimes: The Chase for Jefferson Davis and the Death Pageant for Lincoln's Corpse. (which I definitely want to get my hands on) The book covers in fascinating detail, the events that took place as the Civil War drew to a close, with the focus on two men in particular--Abraham Lincoln and Jefferson Davis. Swanson, who is an avid follower of the life and times of Lincoln, recounts the assassination of Lincoln, and his amazing funeral procession--one no young adult has anything to compare to today (perhaps, the closest being the funeral of Michael Jackson?). At the same time he does that, Swanson also weaves together nicely, how Jefferson Davis, president of the Confederate States of America, fleed... read more
Great Reading For Middle School Age Students
By C. W. Emblom "Bill Emblom" - June 26, 2011
Author James Swanson has provided young people with a wonderful follow-up to his previous book entitled Chasing Lincoln's Killer. Bloody Times is the young peoples' version of Bloody Crimes which picks up where Chasing Lincoln's Killer left off. People are aware of John Wilkes Booth's assassination of President Lincoln and the subsequent chase that ensued. Swanson now takes young readers to the care taken to preserve Lincoln's corpse for the return round-about 18 day train ride to Springfield, Illinois for burial. This is also the story of the hunt for Confederate President Jefferson Davis who Union officials were erroneously convinced was behind Lincoln's assassination.
The book's strength is in using a condensed version of his adult version entitled Bloody Crimes with an appropriate vocabulary suitable for younger readers. It would be very beneficial if more authors wrote versions of their books suitable for middle school age students. Swanson's two books entitled... read more
It's a great read
By Kurt A. Johnson - December 9, 2012
On April 2, 1865, Confederate President Jefferson Davis fled his capital of Richmond, Virginia, determined to keep the armies in the field, and the fighting going. This is the story of Davis's flight, as he watched his armies disintegrate and his hopes for continued conflict ebb away.
But while Davis fled, Union President Abraham Lincoln began his own journey. Having been shot at Ford's Theatre, Lincoln's body was carried across the North, and huge crowds gathered to pay their last respect, and mourn for their leader, and indirectly for all of the men that fell in the recent struggle.
Overall, I found this to be a great book. The author tells the stories of both journeys in an interesting manner, and the way he juxtaposes them really serves to highlight the two men and what they meant then and to posterity, up to this very day. It's a great read. In particular, I liked the story of Lincoln's visit to Richmond, and his reception by the freed slaves; I had never... read more