Death of an Assassin: The True Story of the German Murderer Who Died Defending Robert E. Lee

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Ann Marie Ackermann

Year 2017
Pages 224
Publisher Kent State Univ Pr
Language en
ISBN 9781606353042
File Size 3.7 MB
File Format EPUB
Download Counter 110
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From the depths of German and American archives comes a story one soldier never wanted told. The first volunteer killed defending Robert E. Lee s position in battle was really a German assassin. After fleeing to the United States to escape prosecution for murder, the assassin enlisted in a German company of the Pennsylvania Volunteers in the Mexican-American War and died defending Lee s battery at the Siege of Veracruz in 1847. Lee wrote a letter home, praising this unnamed fallen volunteer defender. Military records identify him, but none of the Americans knew about his past life of crime.