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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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  • Commented on this discussion on August 25, 2011 at 1:34pm

    Edwin Stanton: Hero, Villain, or Something Else?

    I generally avoid these types of discussions since if you believe the South was right and I believe that Lincoln was correct in trying to maintain federal authority then the dialogue goes down hill... More

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  • Gave a thumbs up to this comment on June 22, 2011 at 12:32pm

    Historians View the Assassination

    I think Laurie has very thoroughly answered your questions. I would add that at the time just after Lincoln's murder Andrew Johnson was making very stern statements about punishing anyone involved... More

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  • Gave a thumbs up to this comment on June 22, 2011 at 12:32pm

    Historians View the Assassination

    I agree with a number of your points. Davis, Lee and numerous other Confederates who had taken oaths of loyalty to the United States could easily have been tried for treason and other crimes if the... More

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