Daniel Stashower – The Hour of Peril – The Secret Plot to Murder Lincoln Before the Civil War

The Hour of Peril
On sale January 28, 2014

Author Daniel Stashower. Photo by Donna Turner Ruhlman. DANIEL STASHOWER is an acclaimed biographer and narrative historian and winner of the Edgar, Agatha, and Anthony awards, and the Raymond Chandler Fulbright Fellowship in Detective Fiction. His work has appeared in The New York Times, The Washington Post, Smithsonian Magazine, AARP: The Magazine, and National Geographic Traveler as well as other publications.

  • A special ticket issued for Abraham Lincoln’s inaugural train.

    A special ticket issued for Abraham Lincoln’s inaugural train. (Courtesy of the Alfred Whital Stern Collection, Rare Book and Special Collections Division, Library of Congress)

  • Allan Pinkerton in 1861.

    Allan Pinkerton in 1861. (courtesy of The Library Of Congress)

  • Lincoln's inaugural ceremonies, March 4, 1861.

    Lincoln's inaugural ceremonies, March 4, 1861. (Courtesy of the Library of Congress)

  • "The Inaugural Procession at Washington," from Harper's Weekly, March 1861.

    "The Inaugural Procession at Washington," from Harper's Weekly, March 1861. (Courtesy of the Library of Congress)

  • The ever-vigilant Pinkerton "Private Eye."

    The ever-vigilant Pinkerton "Private Eye."

  • The abolitionist John Brown, Allan Pinkerton’s "bosom friend."

    The abolitionist John Brown, Allan Pinkerton’s "bosom friend." (Courtesy of the Library of Congress)

  • "If I alone must do it, I shall — Lincoln shall die in this city."

    "If I alone must do it, I shall — Lincoln shall die in this city."

  • Colonel Elmer Ellsworth, the dashing young Zouave.

    Colonel Elmer Ellsworth, the dashing young Zouave. (Courtesy of the Library of Congress)

  • A moment-by-moment time card for the first day of Lincoln's journey.

    A moment-by-moment time card for the first day of Lincoln's journey. (Courtesy of the Alfred Whital Stern Collection, Rare Book and Special Collections Division, Library of Congress)

  • John Nicolay (seated) and John Hay, secretaries to Abraham Lincoln.

    John Nicolay (seated) and John Hay, secretaries to Abraham Lincoln. (Courtesy of the Library of Congress)

  • Ward Hill Lamon, Lincoln's "particular friend."

    Ward Hill Lamon, Lincoln's "particular friend." (Courtesy of the Library of Congress)

  • The Lincoln family in 1861.

    The Lincoln family in 1861. (Courtesy of the Library of Congress)

  • Baltimore's Police Marshal George P. Kane, whose loyalties Pinkerton doubted.

    Baltimore's Police Marshal George P. Kane, whose loyalties Pinkerton doubted. (Courtesy of the Library of Congress)

  • Pinkerton operative Harry Davies takes his oath as a member of Ferrandini's band.

    Pinkerton operative Harry Davies takes his oath as a member of Ferrandini's band.

  • Allan Pinkerton and Abraham Lincoln, with General John A. McClernand, at Antietam, Maryland, October 3, 1862.

    Allan Pinkerton and Abraham Lincoln, with General John A. McClernand, at Antietam, Maryland, October 3, 1862. (Courtesy of the Library of Congress)

  • Lincoln at Mathew Brady's studio in Washington on February 24th, 1861, the day after his passage through Baltimore.

    Lincoln at Mathew Brady's studio in Washington on February 24th, 1861, the day after his passage through Baltimore. (Courtesy of the Library of Congress)

  • "The Flight of Abraham," as depicted in Harper’s Weekly.

    "The Flight of Abraham," as depicted in Harper’s Weekly.

  • The death of Colonel Ellsworth in Alexandria, Virginia.

    The death of Colonel Ellsworth in Alexandria, Virginia. (Courtesy of the Library of Congress)

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