On February 11, 1861, Abraham Lincoln's private train began its journey from Springfield, Illinois, to the City of Washington, carrying the president elect to his first inauguration.
As Lincoln made his way east, private detective Allan Pinkerton and a separate sting operation by New York City detectives uncovered evidence of a conspiracy to assassinate Lincoln during his stop in Baltimore.
The largest city of a border state with secessionist sympathies, Baltimore had been infiltrated by paramilitary groups bent on killing Lincoln, the "Black Republican."
In "The Baltimore Plot: The First Conspiracy to Assassinate Abraham Lincoln" (Westholme), author Michael J. Kline turns his legal expertise to evaluating primary sources in order to discover the extent of the conspiracy and culpability of the many suspects surrounding the case.
Full of memorable characters, including Kate Warne, the first female undercover agent, and intriguing plot twists, the story is written as an unfolding criminal proceeding in which the author allows the reader to determine whether there was a true conspiracy to kill Lincoln in 1861.
Kline is partner at Woodcock Washburn LLP in Atlanta. He is the former editor of the Journal of Law and Commerce.
- Westholme Publishing