Bloody Crimes: The Chase for Jefferson Davis and the Death Pageant for Lincoln's Corpse

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By Paul (Lilburn, GA) · ★★★★☆ · February 02, 2011
"Bloody Crimes" is a folow-up to Swanson's highly successful, "Manhunt: The 12-Day Chase for Lincoln's Killer."

This book is quite unique in its telling of the events surrounding the death of Abraham Lincoln and his funeral and the chase to find Jefferson Davis.

The book starts with the assassinati... ...more
By Gary (Berrien Center, MI) · ★★★★☆ · December 17, 2010
This was an excellent book on a somewhat unusual subject. Swanson argues that the process of Lincoln's death pagaent, particularly his funeral train, turned him into America's secular saint. Many years later, though on a smaller scale, Jefferson Davis became a symbol of the South's "Lost Cause,"... ...more
By Brenda (Sterling, VA) · ★★★★☆ · October 11, 2011
This review originally appeared in the International Cemetery, Cremation & Funeral Magazine (

The 150th anniversary of the Civil War is upon us, and the tide of publications and commemorations is rising fast. Since the Civil War essentially kicked off the modern funeral industry,... ...more
By Louise (Kailua, HI) · ★★★★★ · January 19, 2014
Parallel Lives. Not Parallel Legacies.

This starts with Robert E. Lee's telegrams to Jefferson Davis about his inability to hold defensive lines and his surrender days later at Appomattox on April 9, 1865. The narrative of events ends with Davis's capture on May 10, 1865. A summation of Davis's l... ...more
By Jackie (Downers Grove, IL) · ★★★★☆ · June 24, 2013
Bloody Times: The Funeral of Abraham Lincoln and the Manhunt for Jefferson Davis tracks in a narrative timeline the events leading up to and beyond one of the nation's most memorable and tragic times in American History, that is the assassination of an American hero, Abraham Lincoln and the subse... ...more
By Simon (The United States) · ★★★☆☆ · July 28, 2013
It's a clever idea to link the hunt for Jefferson Davis with the Lincoln funeral procession, and Swanson pulls it off. There are some interesting biases that come through. He dislikes Mary Todd Lincoln to the point of being contradictory. At one point he criticizes both her and Robert Lincoln for... ...more
By Jim (Saint Louis, MO) · ★★★★★ · January 17, 2015
“Bloody Crimes” is the dual story of two presidents, Abraham Lincoln as he lived the last days of his life and whose funeral train retraced his route from Springfield to Washington and Jefferson Davis as his nation collapsed and he fled for his life and a place to make a stand.

The story begins wi... ...more