Author: John Evangelist Walsh

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Book:Moonlight: Abraham Lincoln and the Almanac Trial

Moonlight: Abraham Lincoln and the Almanac Trial

John Evangelist Walsh

On Aug. 29, 1857, in the light of a three-quarter moon, James Metzger was savagely beaten to death by two assailants in a grove not far from his home. James Norris and William Armstrong, were arrested and charged with his murder. Norris was tried and convicted first. As William “Duff” Armstrong waited for his trial, his own father died. James Armstrong’s deathbed wish was that Duff’s mother, Hannah, engage the best lawyer possible to defend Duff. A friend, a young Abraham Lincoln, took the case and began one of the oddest journeys on his trek towards immortality.

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