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By George R. Dekle Sr.

Even after the legendary parts are got rid of, the genuine tale of Abraham Lincoln and the Almanac Trial is a compelling story of court docket drama that consists of issues of friendship and loyalty. Abraham Lincoln's most renowned Case: The Almanac Trial units the checklist directly: it examines how the twin myths of the dramatic cross-examination and the cast almanac got here to be, describes how Lincoln really gained the case, and establishes how Lincoln's habit on the trial was once above reproach.

The e-book outlines 3 conflicting types of the way Lincoln gained the Almanac Trial—with a dramatic cross-examination; with an impassioned ultimate argument; or with a solid almanac—and then strains the transformation of those 3 tales over the many years as they have been retold within the sorts of crusade rhetoric, biography, background, and felony research. After the writer exposes the inaccuracies of prior makes an attempt to inform the tale of the trial, he refers to basic resources to reconstruct the possible process the trial and tackle questions concerning how Lincoln accomplished his victory—and even if he freed a murderer.

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12 Although not a Lincoln biographer, he did include reminiscences of Lincoln in his work. John G. ”13 His account of the Almanac Trial is noteworthy because he bases it upon correspondence he received from William Walker, who was intimately involved in the trials of both Armstrong and his co-defendant James H. Norris. According to Walker, Lincoln was very much in the background during the actual taking of testimony. Walker conducted the examinations of the witnesses, and Lincoln took notes. m.

Lincoln’s detractors sought to add weight to the bogus almanac claim by using Dick’s testimony to suggest chicanery. Why had Lincoln handed the almanac to Dick if not to deflect suspicion from himself if the forgery were discovered? Dick’s inability to remember whether the almanac was for 1857 or some other year compounded the suspicion. Somehow Lincoln’s enemies transformed Dick’s inability to remember the date into proof positive that the date was not 1857. 10 When Lincoln produced the almanac, the prosecutors sent for another to compare with it, and none could be found in the courthouse.

George R. ’s personal library) to J. P. Hodge for $5. 16 Ward H. Lamon, one of Lincoln’s early biographers (who had practiced with Lincoln for a time),17 added weight to the accusation by citing the testimony of two seemingly unimpeachable sources— Shaw, whom we have already met as one of Armstrong’s prosecutors, and E. J. 18 According to Lamon, Shaw had this to say about the incident: Mr. Lincoln, previous to the trial, handed an almanac of the year previous to the murder to an officer of the court, stating that he might call for one during the trial, and, if he did, to send him that one.

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