Chasing Lincoln’s Killer


James L. Swanson

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Richard Garrett Character Analysis

The owner of a farm in Virginia, Richard Garrett initially welcomed Booth and Herold into his family’s home, but later grew suspicious of their behavior. Still, when the manhunters arrived at his farm, he did not tell them where Booth and Herold were. He never received any compensation for his tobacco barn, which the manhunters burned down in order to try to force Booth to surrender.
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Richard Garrett Character Timeline in Chasing Lincoln’s Killer

The timeline below shows where the character Richard Garrett appears in Chasing Lincoln’s Killer. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Chapter 11
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In Virginia, Willie Jett brought Booth and Herold to the farm owned by Richard Garrett . He presented Booth as a wounded Confederate soldier and asked Garrett for shelter. Garrett,... (full context)
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...porch, Booth spotted men on horses riding past the gate and panicked. This reaction alarmed Richard Garrett . Then, when a man approached the house, Booth asked Garrett’s eleven-year-old son to run... (full context)
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At the farmhouse, the cavalry demanded that Richard Garrett take them to the killers. He was reluctant to do so. Doherty grabbed John Garrett... (full context)
Chapter 13
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...Nineteen other men received smaller awards for their help capturing George Atzerodt and Lewis Powell. Richard Garrett made a claim against the government for compensation for his burned barn, which was rejected.... (full context)