The Secret Service has long protected U.S. Presidents and notables. And now,  whether secreted-away in a glass case, or on display, this 1867, First Edition of History of the United States Secret Service is ready for its next mission in your library.

Written and self-published by General L.C. Baker in 1867.


Condition Notes:

In its original brown cloth binding with its embossed cover, this fair external/ good internal condition book has gold lettering and inlay on the spine and the logo of the Secret Service. Gilt on logo is worn; Title gilt remains bright and clearly readable. Please see photos for details of wear on cover.  The binding is in good/very good condition. Foxing and some age related staining to pages throughout.

 Previous owner's name is inside reading, "Josiah D. Todd, Hancock, N.H.". We are unsure, but this is possibly a Josiah D. Todd who was born in Hancock, N.H. in 1817 and spent his life in that area. 


About History of the United States Secret Service

Lafayette Curry Baker (October 13, 1826 – July 3, 1868) was a United States investigator and spy, serving the Union Army, during the American Civil War and under Presidents Abraham Lincoln and Andrew Johnson.

Dispatched clandestinely to Richmond by General Winfield Scott,  Baker sought to ascertain the location and size of General Pierre G.T. Beauregard’s forces around Manassas, secure data on the Black Horse Cavalry, determine what forces were in Richmond, and learn if any plans existed for an invasion of the North. Upon his return to Washington, Baker met with President Abraham Lincoln, who appointed the wily detective to inform the president about generals, officers, battles, and other pertinent war-related activities. Baker’s years in the Secret Service were noteworthy. Heading a force that included his assistant, John Odell, and others, Baker demonstrated admirable ability as a detective, modeling himself after the French spy François Vidocq. Baker’s most famous achievement, however, was planning and leading the expedition that captured John Wilkes Booth, the actor and southern sympathizer who assassinated Lincoln. In 1867, Baker published History of the United States Secret Service, an important source for information on the organization of the Secret Service Bureau, leading detectives of the time, and espionage experiences of the North and South during the Civil War. The book settled some disputed aspects of the Civil War. 


This book contains alot of information about Lincoln's assassination, including accounts of interrogations not available elsewhere, making this an interesting book for those who study and are interested in the American Civil War and Lincoln's death. 


History of the Secret Service by General L.C. Baker



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