Review Essay PHILLIP C. STONE Alan Axelrod. Lincoln's Last Night: Abraham Lincoln, John Wilkes Booth, and the Last 36 Hours Before the Assassination. New York: Chamberlain Bros., 2005.133 pp. Michael W. Kauffman. American Brutus: John Wilkes Booth and the Lincoln Conspiracies. New York: Random House, 2004. xvi, 400 pp. Edward Steers Jr. Blood on the Moon: The Assassination of Abraham Lincoln. Lexington: The University Press of Kentucky, 2001. xv, 293 pp. The story of the assassination of Abraham Lincoln and its aftermath has been seriously muddled by some perverse and even fraudulent claims made about the events. The common result o? American Brutus and Blood on the Moon is the restoration of "orthodoxy" in the inter pretation of the Lincoln assassination. "Orthodoxy" here means the conclusions established in 1865 by competent evidence in the trial of the conspirators: John Wilkes Booth and the defendants conspired to kidnap Abraham Lincoln to effect an exchange of military prisoners; the abduction scheme was eventually abandoned in favor of assassination; Mary Surratt's boardinghouse in Washington was the forum for much of the conspiracy and she directly participated in the plan; John Wilkes Booth assassinated Abraham Lin coln April 14,1865, in Ford's Theatre; Lewis Powell (Payne) wounded and almost killed Secretary of State William Seward and members of his household; George Atzerodt was assigned the responsibility of assassinating Vice President Andrew Johnson but aborted the mission and ran; Booth, after fleeing Ford's Theatre, his leg broken in flight, was joined by David Herold and made his way to southern Maryland where his broken leg was treated by Dr. Samuel Mudd; Booth and Herold were surrounded by Union troops on the Garrett farm near Port Royal, Virginia, and the barn set on fire; Booth was shot there and mortally wounded; and no other conspiracies were established Journal of the Abraham Lincoln Association, Vol.