Review of Killing Lincoln, Bill O’Reilly and Martin Dugard
Reviewer for Ford’s Theatre National Historic Site, Rae Emerson, Deputy Superintendent
Eastern National – Cooperating Association
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Reference: Eastern National
Product Selection Criteria – Ford’s Theatre National Historic Site
·Relevance to park’s themes
·Publication has relevant citations
·Reflects scholarship; the use of primary resources with documentation
Factual errors in publication
The following errors are noted in chapters the reviewer was well versed in the subject matter. Other chapters may also have similar findings noted by subject matter experts or other reviewers. These observations are not included.
Errors are identified by chapter, followed by passage where error is noted, then followed by a fact comment, which is followed by the reference for the fact comment.
“He furls his brow . . . .” furl – nautical term to compact, roll up; furrows – narrow grove, depression on any surface, i.e., furrows of a wrinkled face
“The two warriors will never meet again.”
On April 10, 1865 Generals Lee and Grant met a second time at Appomattox Court House, Virginia. At that second meeting General Lee requested that his men be given evidence that they were paroled prisoners - to protect them from arrest or harassment. 28,231 parole passes were issued to Confederates.
Appomattox Court House National Historical Park
“After it (Ford’s Theatre) was burned to the ground in 1863 . . . . . . . “