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An undis­cov­ered ac­count about Abraham Lin­coln? Here it is: “Back­stage at the Lin­coln As­sas­si­na­tion: The Un­told Story by the Ac­tors and Stage­hand of Ford The­ater.”

Here’s what the 46 of them wit­nessed, this ac­cord­ing au­thor and his­to­rian Thomas A. Bogar: “A fa­mous ac­tor pulls a trig­ger in the pres­i­den­tial bal­cony, leaps to the stage and es­capes, as the pres­i­dent lies fa­tally wounded. In the panic that fol­lows, forty-six ter­ri­fied peo­ple scat­ter in and around Ford’s The­ater as sol­diers take up sta­tions by the doors and the au­di­ence surges into the streets chant­ing, ‘Burn the place down!’”

Mr. Bogar uses pre­vi­ously un­pub­lished sources, he says, “and the tale is shock­ing.” The book has just been pub­lished by Reg­n­ery Books.

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