Abraham Lincoln's Most Famous Case: The Almanac Trial by George R. Dekle Sr.

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 famed Case: The Almanac Trial units the checklist immediately: it examines how the twin myths of the dramatic cross-examination and the solid almanac got here to be, describes how Lincoln really received the case, and establishes how Lincoln's habit on the trial used to be above reproach.

The publication outlines 3 conflicting types of the way Lincoln received the Almanac Trial—with a dramatic cross-examination; with an impassioned ultimate argument; or with a cast almanac—and then lines the transformation of those 3 tales over the a long time as they have been retold within the types of crusade rhetoric, biography, background, and felony research. After the writer exposes the inaccuracies of earlier makes an attempt to inform the tale of the trial, he refers to fundamental assets to reconstruct the possible process the trial and deal with questions concerning how Lincoln completed his victory—and even if he freed a murderer.

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Lamon tells how Duff Armstrong and James H. Norris were indicted for the murder of a gentleman named “Metzgar” at a camp meeting in Mason County, Illinois. Norris stood trial for the murder in Mason County and was duly convicted of manslaughter. Armstrong’s lawyers, feeling that the sentiment in Mason County was too much against their client, took a change of venue to Cass County. Lincoln, because of his high regard for Armstrong’s parents, associated himself with the defense team. At the trial Lincoln served in an auxiliary capacity.

In England Lord Charnwood (1917) had Lincoln producing the almanac after the prosecution rested,35 and in Germany Emil Ludwig (1930) wrote that Lincoln first used the almanac in final argument. 36 How, then, could the story of the dramatic crossexamination survive to be repeated in so many late twentieth- and early twenty-first-century accounts of the trial? ” Although we have thoroughly demolished Donovan as a basis for crediting the story of the The Historiography of the Trial 41 dramatic cross, we may very well be able to find other sources that will support it.

In the third he subverts justice by counterfeiting an almanac and then carousing in a saloon while the jury deliberates the fate of his client. These three pictures of Lincoln do not necessarily conflict and may all be true, but the various stories give widely divergent details of the trial. They do, however, seem to be in agreement on the broad outline of the Almanac Trial: A murder occurs outside a camp meeting. An eyewitness identifies Lincoln’s client as the killer. The eyewitness claims to have seen the accused strike the fatal blow by the light of the moon high overhead.

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