Essay about Assassination of Abraham Lincoln

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     “Yes! We’re coming Abraham Lincoln. With curses loud and deep. That will haunt you in your walking, and disturb you in your sleep.” This is a battle hymn sung by the Sons of Liberty which is the first Confederate run terrorist group Higham talks about. This hymn is a good example of the tone author Charles Higham sets for the book. Murdering Mr. Lincoln by Charles Higham, presents the reader with a factual, in-depth look at the story behind the assassination of President Abraham Lincoln. Higham leaves no stone unturned as he thoroughly explains the events that lead up to the death of Lincoln. Overall, the book is written in the eyes of the Confederacy and examples like this hymn give the reader reason to …show more content…
This group, along with the Sons of Liberty and the Young America movement founded by Sanders himself, single-mindedly wanted Lincoln destroyed. Sanders is directly linked to the Lincoln assassination because of his general hatred for Lincoln, calling for a destruction of crowned heads, and glorious bloodshed in the name of freedom. “A gigantic Brutus, armed...to bring death to tyrants...it beats the drumbeat of insurrection” (Pg 28). Higham gives distinct accounts of Sanders’ life that were the making of a Lincoln assassination. Higham talks about Sanders meeting with high ranking officials in the British and Confederates governments who were willing to lend support, but most importantly fund the destruction of the Union. Higham also lists the names of Sanders’ right hand men who were specifically involved in some of the missions trying to kill Lincoln, like Giuseppe Mazzini, who earlier in his life had tried to assassinate Napoleon Bonaparte. Higham includes details of who Sanders met with, such as Jacob Thompson, who was the Secretary of the Interior for the Confederacy. In this section Higham also writes about the first attempts to assassinate Lincoln, the main attempt being when a bomb placed on board Lincoln’s private railroad car. Higham uses chronological order and continually naming important figures throughout the story so as to help the reader remember the main events and characters.

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