The epic battles of the Civil War have become the stuff of legend and the subject of a vast amount of literature. Much less known is the war behind the lines, a war carried out by merciless guerrillas, bloodthirsty mobs, murderous vigilantes and sinister secret agents.
True Crime in the Civil War delves into the conflict's criminal history, profiling 16 cases of misdeeds committed by men and women on both sides of the fight. Civil War buffs will find newly uncovered information on a pair of obscure incidents: the 1863 murder of a Tennessee family by freed slaves living in a Union camp, and an 1865 killing in North Carolina that immediately tested the nation's commitment to equality.
Also included are fresh accounts of some of the war's most notorious crimes, including the short and brutal life of Bloody Bill Anderson, the evils perpetrated behind Andersonville's walls, and the still-controversial Lincoln assassination conspiracy, providing a stark reminder that those on the war's front lines weren't the only ones facing danger.
About the Author
Tobin T. Buhk is a freelance writer who lives in Jenison, Michigan, and is co-author with Stephen D. Cohle of Skeletons in the Closet: Tales from the County Morgue and Cause of Death: Forensic Files of a Medical Examiner.
Publisher: Stackpole Books
Number of pages: 304
Weight: 381 g
Dimensions: 229 x 152 x 22 mm
"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 (02/16/2012)
"Freelance writer Buhk has pulled many famous-and infamous-Civil War crimes into one excellent volume. . . . Easy to read with occasional humorous turns of phrase; highly recommended."--Karen Sandlin Silverman"Library Journal" (04/12/2012)
"Buhk wrote an engaging, well-documented collection of tales . . . It is his efforts at mediating the sources, the "voices," that elevates True Crime in the Civil War above a simplistic version of Cops. . . . Both Civil War aficionados and fans of crime dramas will find much to enjoy.--Neil West"Armchair General" (05/15/2012)
"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)
"Freelance writer Buhk has pulled many famous--and infamous--Civil War crimes into one excellent volume. . . . Easy to read with occasional humorous turns of phrase; highly recommended."--Karen Sandlin Silverman"Library Journal" (04/12/2012)