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Thomas R. Turner

Professor and Historian, Bridgewater State College

Thomas R. Turner

Thomas R. Turner is a historian and professor at Bridgewater State College in Massachusetts. He is also the editor-in-chief of the quarterly journal Lincoln Herald, the oldest continuously published journal devoted to the study of Abraham Lincoln which includes articles examining all facets of Lincoln's life and the Civil War.

Turner has also written "The Assassination of Abraham Lincoln," a meticulously-researched analysis of the Civil War and the motivations of assassin John Wilkes Booth and his co-conspirators. Turner is considered one of the foremost authorities of the Lincoln assassination and is known for his encyclopedic knowledge on the subject.

Turner is also a specialist on Civil War and post-Civil War trial procedure and lectured about the assassination at Gettysburg College Civil War Institute.

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“Historians View the Assassination”

Apr 4, 2011 at 9:36pm | Filed Under “The Conspirator

Historians View the Assassination
In April of 1865 most northerners had little trouble discerning who was behind the assassination; they were convinced the Confederate government was involved.
from The Conspirator 87 comments

“Edwin Stanton: Hero, Villain, or Something Else?”

Feb 25, 2011 at 6:40pm | Filed Under “The Conspirator

Edwin Stanton: Hero, Villain, or Something Else?
Edwin Stanton reportedly said when Abraham Lincoln died, "Now he belongs to the ages." Unfortunately the ages have been a lot kinder to the 16th president than they have to the war secretary.
from The Conspirator 45 comments

“Motives for the Assassination”

Jan 28, 2011 at 4:18pm | Filed Under “The Conspirator

Motives for the Assassination
The public in 1865 had no trouble comprehending John Wilkes Booth's motive in striking at Lincoln and members of his administration...
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  • Gave a thumbs up to this comment on May 9, 2012 at 6:04pm

    Historians View the Assassination

    If you want to read a review of O'Reilly's new book "Killing Lincoln," see Ed Steers critique in the November North and South Magazine. Ed points out a number of errors in names and facts which... More

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  • Gave a thumbs up to this comment on October 11, 2011 at 7:20pm

    Historians View the Assassination


    We are always glad to hear from someone your age since we need young people who are interested in the assassination to eventually replace us oldtimers. "The Conspirator" definitely... More

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  • Gave a thumbs up to this comment on August 26, 2011 at 3:02am

    Historians View the Assassination

    No one will ever convince me that slavery was not the major cause of the Civil War. It was entwined with every other cause you can think of including state's rights. If you look at statements made... More

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