John Wilkes Booth and his sister were very close, and this is his sister's story. Anecdotes of their childhood, of his successes in the theatre, of his passionate defence of the South when the Civil War broke out, his machinations as spy and blockade runner, his hatred of Lincoln. Her marriage had separated then by this time, so the assassination of Lincoln came as a shock and surprise to the family, but she continued to believe he did what he thought right. Cuttings from contemporary journals, family letters, reminiscent extracts. Nothing of the doubt thrown upon his fate. This memoir was handed down to Eleanor Farjeon, and is now released for the first time.