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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 June 22, 2011 at 12:31pm

    Mary Surratt - Guilty, Innocent, or does it matter?

    I have taught a course on American assassinations for several decades at Bridgewater State University . I have long argued that a comparative approach to studying assassinations can shed... More

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  • Commented on this discussion on May 19, 2011 at 11:40am

    Motives for the Assassination

    Your comments aren't as peripheral to the assassination as they might seem at first glance. I firmly believe the main cause of the Civil War was slavery but the issue of state's rights versus the... More

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  • Commented on this discussion on May 17, 2011 at 12:47pm

    Historians View the Assassination

    For a thorough discussion of this matter I would suggest consulting Barry Cauchon and John Elliott who have spent endless hours studying the photos of the hanging. See their website... More

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