Lincoln's Forgotten Ally

Lincoln's Forgotten Ally

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This manuscript is the first biography of Joseph Holt, the U.S. Army's Judge Advocate General during the Civil War. Leonard argues that Holt has been portrayed as more or less a caricature of himself, flatly represented as the brutal prosecutor of Lincoln's assassins and the judge who allowed Mary Surratt to be hanged despite knowing her sentence had been reduced. Leonard contends that the southern view of Holt became the predominant way we see him, in large part because the memory perpetrated by the Lost Cause defined Holt as ruthless toward Southerners and the South. But Leonard argues that there is much more to Holt than what sympathizers with the Lost Cause came to think of him, and she tells his story here, from his early life in Kentucky to his wartime life as a member of Lincoln's administration to his postwar life as the prosecutor of Lincoln's assassins. Perhaps most important, Leonard will look at the erasure of Holt from American memory and investigate how such a significant figure has come to be so widely misunderstood.Still, just to be sure, Holt submitted the issue of jurisdiction to the attorney general , James Speed, for consideration. ... the assistant adjutant general and Holt to select nine military officers to serve on the commission, and he directed Holt toanbsp;...


Title:Lincoln's Forgotten Ally
Author: Leonard, Elizabeth
Publisher:Univ of North Carolina Press - 2011
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