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The Civil War: The Baltimore Plot Against Lincoln

Allan Pinkerton (left) & Abraham Lincoln in 1862

Allan Pinkerton (left) & Abraham Lincoln in 1862

Washington, DC
Saturday, July 27, 2013

Author Daniel Stashower looks at a secret plot to murder Abraham Lincoln as he passed through Baltimore en route to the nation’s capital for his first inauguration in 1861. He discusses how Allan Pinkerton – the founder of America’s first detective agency – uncovered and foiled the assassination plot. Also in this program, actor Scott Sedar gives dramatic readings from speeches by Lincoln, notes by Pinkerton, and letters to Lincoln from citizens -- highlighting some of the sentiments in the country against Lincoln before he took the oath of office. The Smithsonian Associates hosted this event.

Updated: Monday, July 29, 2013 at 10:36am (ET)

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