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The Hour of Peril: the Secret Plot to Murder Lincoln Before the Civil War by Daniel Stashower

Buffalo & Erie County Public Library Staff Review by Carol Ann Strahl:
In a superb work of literature and history, author Daniel Stashower traces the machinations behind the incident known as the “Baltimore Plot.” This was an audacious conspiracy to assassinate Abraham Lincoln who was travelling on his way to Washington prior to his 1861 inauguration.
As Lincoln’s train traveled eastward, it went through Buffalo where there was, at that time, immense civil insurrection and chaos in the city’s environs. The renowned Private Detective Alan Pinkerton and the accomplishments of his cadre of detectives in protecting Lincoln are highlighted.
This is another unbelievable episode in the Lincoln mystique.  One of the most fascinating facts is that on the morning of Lincoln’s assassination in April 1865, one of the bills he signed into legislation was the creation of the Secret Service.
Students of history will appreciate the historical content and quality of the writing.  There seems to be no end to the legend that is Lincoln.
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