THE TRIAL OF JOHN H. SURRATT ID’D TO CORPORAL JAMES TANNER, 87TH NEW YORK INFANTRY

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Published by the U.S. Government Printing Office, Washington, D.C., 1967. 2 volumes, 1383 pp. Brown buckram, rebound brown leather spines, w/gilt trim and black spine labels. Exhibits light wear and rubbing at margin extremities, w/ slight yellowing of text. Else VG & entirely legible.

Signed on pages 66 and 797 (in ink) by Corporal James Tanner, who, after losing both legs at the 2nd Battle of Bull Run, was later trained as a War Department stenographer. In this capacity he was summoned and took shorthand notes the night of April 14-15, 1865, at the Peterson House across from Ford’s theater. He was with Lincoln & Stanton all through the night until Lincoln died and took shorthand notes of witness testimony of the shooting of Abraham Lincoln. He also took shorthand notes of the planning of the search for the assassin, and later more shorthand notes during the trial of the assassins. (Facsimiles specimens Tanner’s shorthand included). Tanner died in 1927 and is buried in  Arlington National Cemetery.

Extremely scarce, w/War Department stenographer ID. For Lincoln assassination buffs, a magnificent collectible.  [JP]

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