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Stealing Lincoln's Body
by Thomas J. CRAUGHWELL
Harvard University Press, 2007
Paper: 978-0-674-03039-8 | eISBN: 978-0-674-02997-2

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ABOUT THIS BOOK
On the night of the 1876 presidential election, a gang of counterfeiters attempted to steal the entombed embalmed body of Abraham Lincoln and hold it for ransom. Craughwell returns to this bizarre, and largely forgotten, event with the first book to place the grave robbery in historical context. This rousing story of hapless con men, intrepid federal agents, and ordinary Springfield citizens offers an unusual glimpse into late-nineteenth-century America.

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