Day Lincoln Was Shot

by Jim Bishop | Nonfiction |
ISBN: 0517446499 Global Overview for this book
Registered by loriped of Keizer, Oregon USA on 8/23/2006
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Journal Entry 1 by loriped from Keizer, Oregon USA on Wednesday, August 23, 2006
From the inside cover:
"The book opens with the President emerging from his bedroom, worried about a dream in which he saw himself dead, and ends with the Surgeon General placing two silver dollars on the President's eyelids."

Bruce Catton, Pulitzer Prize winning author wrote of this book: "A remarkable job. He has created a sense of oncoming tragedy and an almost unbearable tension, It is as completely exciting a bit of writing as I have read in a long time."

This is a great read.

Journal Entry 2 by loriped from Keizer, Oregon USA on Saturday, November 04, 2006
Sending off to another BC'er as part of PokPok's Virtual Nonfiction Bookbox.

Journal Entry 3 by PokPok from Vista, California USA on Monday, November 13, 2006
Grabbed from my bookbox. This sounds fascinating. Thank you!

Journal Entry 4 by PokPok at Vista, California USA on Wednesday, December 12, 2012
Seeing the exemplary movie "Lincoln" inspired me to pick this book up off of TBR.

Journal Entry 5 by PokPok at Vista, California USA on Tuesday, February 05, 2013
7 good.

Good read. Very detailed, down to describing the wallpaper pattern in the house that the president was taken to after he was shot. Also describes in detail, Booth's day (both before and after the assassination) as well as the assassination attempt on Seward and his family and how Stanton took over (even though Johnson arrived --and left--the death watch). A fascinating book, with a chapter for each of 25 hours ( 7 AM through 7:59 AM the next day) and two chapters of background information.

Worth the read.

Passing on to firegirl.

Journal Entry 6 by PokPok at Vista, California USA on Saturday, March 23, 2013

Released 7 yrs ago (3/23/2013 UTC) at Vista, California USA


For my good friend firegirl, who has been very generous with her books to me over the years.

When you're done, you may do with it as you please.

Journal Entry 7 by Firegirl at Annandale, Virginia USA on Saturday, March 30, 2013
Thank you, dear friend! I will always be interested in any book you recommend. Much love to you and Buttons.

Journal Entry 8 by Firegirl at Annandale, Virginia USA on Wednesday, January 24, 2018
I'm not normally one for history, so I was a little reluctant, but I have been trying to expand my historical knowledge and this seemed like a good way to go about it. I'm glad I did; it was a very good read. The book moves hour by hour from Lincoln waking the morning of his assassination to when silver dollars were placed on his eyes. The author moves back and forth between what was going on with Lincoln and with Booth and the consipirators. There are a few chapters of backstory, which the author does a good job of handling - bringing the reader up to speed very effectively. The author is obviously very knowledgeable and has done a ton of research on the subject. The account is detailed, but very readable. I especially enjoyed the description of Washington, D.C. at the time; I live just across the river from the District and find it so hard to imagine the city looking the way it is described. Thanks to this book, I have made arrangements to take the special tour of Ford's theatre so I can get up close to see all the things described.

Good read. Definitely recommended.

Journal Entry 9 by Firegirl at Annandale, Virginia USA on Monday, February 05, 2018
This evening I took the special guided tour of Ford's theatre. It's about an hour long and includes going up to the hallway behind the box and peering in to the presidential box itself. We also walked across the stage and out the rear entrance, following Booth's escape route. Sometimes the tour also includes the Peterson House, where Lincoln was taken after being shot and where he eventually died.

I found it interesting that, while the theatre's museum gift shop sold many titles about Lincoln, this was not among them. Additionally, some facts described here were not mentioned by the guide. This book tells of Booth drilling a hole in the door of the box, but the guide said nothing about this. The inside of the theatre collapsed years after the assassination and was rebuilt, so there is no way to confirm the existence of the hole.

Being made aware of the differences in theories surrounding the events, I am now interested to read other books on this subject.

(The photo for this entry is the box as viewed from the stage.)

Journal Entry 10 by Firegirl at Alexandria, Virginia USA on Sunday, February 18, 2018

Released 2 yrs ago (2/18/2018 UTC) at Alexandria, Virginia USA


Taking to pass along at today's BC-in-DC meetup. If it is not selected by an attendee, I will likely bring it back to pass on in a non-ficiton bookbox.

Journal Entry 11 by wingmelydiawing at Centreville, Virginia USA on Sunday, February 18, 2018
Firegirl gave this to me at today's BCinDC meetup. Looks interesting. Thanks!

Journal Entry 12 by wingmelydiawing at Rockville, Maryland USA on Tuesday, December 25, 2018
The title is accurate: this is literally an hour-by-hour account of the last day of Abraham Lincoln's life. And it's actually very interesting, though I do wonder how in the world the author knew some of the details - where people sat in a room, what they said to each other, what time they put their head in their hands, that kind of thing. Was that information really available? How much did he fill in the gaps on his own? Still, it's quite the thorough immersion into life during that time period, and a fascinating look at the surprisingly sloppy execution of an ultimately successful conspiracy.

Journal Entry 13 by wingmelydiawing at Noodles & Company - Congressional Plaza in Rockville, Maryland USA on Saturday, January 19, 2019

Released 1 yr ago (1/19/2019 UTC) at Noodles & Company - Congressional Plaza in Rockville, Maryland USA


Bringing this to today's BCinDC meetup.
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Journal Entry 14 by wing6of8wing at Rockville, Maryland USA on Saturday, January 19, 2019
Melydia took home the book I brought about the hunt for Lincoln's assassins. I just read that book and thus I was interested in this book that she brought. Swapsies.

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