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True Crime in the Civil War: Cases of Murder, Treason, Counterfeiting, Massacre, Plunder & Abuse Kindle Edition

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"A rare novelty in the profusion of writing about the Civil War, a volume that takes a different approach."--Susan Branch"Joplin Independent" (04/10/2012)

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"Crime did not take a holiday during the Civil War, far from it. As Tobin Buhk shows in this fast-paced narrative, the war created new opportunities to gain profits from illegal activities, to settle old scores against personal enemies under the cover of fighting the nation's enemies, to pillage, plunder, and murder amid the carnage and destruction that seemed to offer license to legitimize such crimes. Students of the Civil War will find new information in this readable account." --James M. McPherson,Author of Battle Cry of Freedom

  • Examines criminal cases during the conflict
  • Cases include currency counterfeiting, tyrannical actions of Gen. Benjamin Butler, the murder of Gen. Earl van Dorn, raids by William Quantrill's Bushwhackers, the Fort Pillow Massacre, the horrific prison conditions at Andersonville, the fate of Lincoln the assassination conspirators, and more

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    • Format: Kindle Edition
    • File Size: 4414 KB
    • Print Length: 320 pages
    • Publisher: Stackpole Books (Feb. 16 2012)
    • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
    • Language: English
    • ASIN: B007R8QDNG
    • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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    • Enhanced Typesetting: Not Enabled
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    • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #488,967 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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    Most Helpful Customer Reviews on (beta) HASH(0x989ad57c) out of 5 stars 24 reviews
    6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
    HASH(0x989bc180) out of 5 stars Just When You Thought the Civil War Couldn't Get Any Bloodier! July 15 2012
    By Mike O'Connor - Published on
    Format: Paperback
    Civil wars are traditionally some of the most savage conflicts fought on or off the battlefield. Tobin Buhk's TRUE CRIME IN THE CIVIL WAR offers up sixteen tales of murder most foul, deadly duels, massacres, arson, riots, banditry, and various other acts of "audacious, brutal, bodacious or bizarre" behavior during the Civil War years.

    Many of the events and personalities that roam through the pages of Buhk's book will be familiar to Civil War buffs such as Benjamin 'the Beast' Butler, William Quantrill & the sacking of Lawrence, General Van Dorn's murder, Nathan Bedford Forrest & the Fort Pillow Massacre, the attempted burning of Manhattan, Andersonville's Commandant Henry Wirz, the Booth Conspirators, etc. Other stories such as Sam Upham's counterfeiting scheme, the Walker-Marmaduke duel and the slaughter of the Beckham family aren't as well known.

    Buhk did a good job researching the various stories. Over the years many of the events in TRUE CRIME IN THE CIVIL WAR have acquired a layer of half-truths, myths and legends. Buhk uses many first-person reminiscences, documentation and a historian's objectivity to present a comprehensive, fair-minded account of each tale. Likewise, he includes a number of photographs, documents and illustrations that bring the often bloody events to life.

    After reading TRUE CRIME IN THE CIVIL WAR, the reader will be in absolute agreement with Buhk's assertion that "Crime did not take a holiday during the Civil War." Recommended.
    HASH(0x989bc588) out of 5 stars Good and entertaining read Sept. 16 2015
    By Jenn - Published on
    Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
    A good book for history buffs. Adequately researched, and including some off-the-beaten path stories as well as the more famous--and infamous--events, the book held my interest. A serious academic tome it is not, but there is a substantial Endnotes section as well as the bibliography for further reading.

    Four stars for the Kindle version, because even though the content itself was just fine, the editing and formatting errors were a little too numerous to ignore, not the least of which was the irritating issue of photo captions appearing on the page following the photo/image.
    By Big Al - Published on
    Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
    So far this is an extremely interesting book. However, I have noticed an error in the chapter: The Lawrence Massacre and the Not-So-Civil War of Quantrill, Anderson, and the James Brothers 1863. It says the counties of Jackson, Cass, Bates, and Vernon are along the Mississippi River. This is impossible. Those counties are on Missouri's western border and the Mississippi is on the eastern border.
    1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
    HASH(0x989bc5c4) out of 5 stars Interesting Civil War events June 17 2012
    By Jetpack - Published on
    Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
    I like to haunt the free eBook section in History, as Stackpole especially likes to put books up for free at times. So, I grabbed True Crime when I saw it.

    It's 4,434 locations long, and the author does a nice job of relaying the events he has included. I have to agree that it's pretty darn hard to know for certain what happened 150 years ago, but he does his best.

    Here is a list of the events/people covered:

    Castle Thunder - a prison in Richmond
    Sam Upham and counterfeiting
    Benjamin Butler - probably still hated in New Orleans
    Sack of Athens, GA
    Feuding generals - one murder and one duel between generals
    Detroit draft riot
    Murder of the Beckham Family
    Lawrence, KS massacre
    Murder of Gen. Van Dorn
    Fort Pillow Massacre
    Plot to Burn Manhattan, NY
    Sue Mundy - this one is especially interesting - an invented female bushwacker
    Trial of the Lincoln Assassin conspirators
    Champ Ferguson's rampage
    Temperance Neely and the ex-slave she killed

    This is a very well done book, and worth getting. I wonder if over $13, the price at the time of the review is too high, but that is clearly the decision of the readers. Definitely worth considering if you want more information on crimes during the Civil War.
    HASH(0x989bc9b4) out of 5 stars Good But Writer wanders July 1 2013
    By William F Kelsay - Published on
    Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
    Writer doesn't hold on to the reader. Too much emphasis on factual history without emphasising detail that would keep the interest of the reader piqued.