Item #1538 Through Five Administrations: Reminiscences of Colonel William H. Crook, Body-Guard to President Lincoln. William . Crook, Margarita Spalding Gerry, enry.
Through Five Administrations: Reminiscences of Colonel William H. Crook, Body-Guard to President Lincoln
Through Five Administrations: Reminiscences of Colonel William H. Crook, Body-Guard to President Lincoln
Through Five Administrations: Reminiscences of Colonel William H. Crook, Body-Guard to President Lincoln
Through Five Administrations: Reminiscences of Colonel William H. Crook, Body-Guard to President Lincoln
The Recollections of Lincoln's Bodyguard

Through Five Administrations: Reminiscences of Colonel William H. Crook, Body-Guard to President Lincoln

New York: Harper & Brothers Publishers, 1910. First printing. Black and white plates. Original cloth over boards. Octavo. [viii], 280 pages. Near fine. Bound in dark blue cloth over boards with gilt-stamping to spine and upper board, top edge gilt. Just slight wear to extremities. Hinges sound, interior clean, gilt lettering remains bright.

William H. Crook, a native of Prince George's County, Maryland, served in the Union Army and was a Washington, D.C. policeman during the Civil War. On January 4, 1865 Crook became one of President Lincoln's personal bodyguards at the White House.

A significant portion (79 pages) of Colonel Crook's memoir is devoted to the Lincoln in the White House, including the day of the assassination. Crook recalls that evening quite vividly herein, noting that it was the first time Mr. Lincoln neglected to say "good-night" to him at the end of his shift. Instead, after turning down Crook's offer to go to the theatre as an additional guard, Mr. Lincoln "turned, with his kind, grave face, and said: 'Good-bye, Crook,' and went into his room." The implication being, of course, that Lincoln somehow knew his fate that night.

Crook also makes clear his belief that the guard who took over for him and accompanied Lincoln that night was derelict in his duty, having wandered away from the door of the box for a better view of the play.

Colonel Crook would go on to serve nine other presidents during his long career at the White House. His fascinating memoir is based on notes and diaries he kept at the time, and is filled with interesting anecdotes and observations.

Ref. MONAGHAN 1918.


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