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The Lincoln AssassinationCrime and Punishment, Myth and Memory A Lincoln Forum Book$
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Harold Holzer, Craig L. Symonds, and Frank J. Williams

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780823232260

Published to Fordham Scholarship Online: March 2011

DOI: 10.5422/fso/9780823232260.001.0001

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Lincoln's Chief Avenger

Lincoln's Chief Avenger

Judge Advocate General Joseph Holt

(p.115) Chapter 4 Lincoln's Chief Avenger
The Lincoln Assassination

Elizabeth D. Leonard

Fordham University Press

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

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