A Vehement Defense

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Status: Finished  |  Genre: Historical Fiction  |  House: church mouse productions


Abraham Lincoln owes his stepmother, Sara Bush Lincoln, a favor or two: so — when he receives a letter from her asking that he act in the defense of a young man accused of murder in Kentucky — he
undertakes the journey, only to find a trial much more complex, and more memorable, than he could have imagined. This is the story as he, himself, recalls it.

Table of Contents

Mr Heine

Submitted: July 01, 2018

If the Holy Scriptures are to be believed, it once rained upon the Earth continuously for a period of forty days and forty nights, as N... Read Chapter

The Narrative of Jakob Heine: April 14, 1857

Submitted: July 02, 2018

According to established routine, the servants were the earliest risers in the compound occupied by Hosea Bitterwood and his family: so... Read Chapter

Mr Heine's Closing Statement

Submitted: July 03, 2018

For the remainder of his presentation, Jakob Heine made use of several pieces of bread: arranging them on the clean, starched tableclot... Read Chapter

A Retainer

Submitted: July 04, 2018

After another hour of candid discussion I considered myself well recompensed for my decision to help pull Gunter out of that mud hole, ... Read Chapter

The Narrative of Erik Thorson: April 15, 1857

Submitted: July 05, 2018

What a frontier requires from those who arrive, thinking to embrace it and tame it, is unceasing labor — the kind of long and unforgi... Read Chapter

Justice Delayed

Submitted: July 06, 2018

‘Sheriff Rudder came down that hall, and told me: “I won’t be able to hold them my boy! Better make things right with the Lord wh... Read Chapter

Midnight Riders

Submitted: July 07, 2018

Whether due to my astonishing eloquence, or more likely for some other reason, the jailer allowed congress between mother and son for o... Read Chapter

Judge Blackstone

Submitted: July 08, 2018

When I awoke the next morning, I discovered myself in the same armchair where I had been taking notes — still fully dressed — with ... Read Chapter

An Abbreviated Quorum

Submitted: July 09, 2018

Again and again, in looking over my notes of this case, I am obliged to remark on my good fortune in meeting with a collection o... Read Chapter

The Opening Statement for the Defense: April 16, 1857

Submitted: July 10, 2018

Gentlemen: I wish you to understand, first and foremost, that there is — at this moment — no known criminal in this room. ... Read Chapter

Katarina Søberg for the Prosecution

Submitted: July 11, 2018

  I felt the legal struggle well and truly joined when I turned away from the Jury to find the senior Bitterwoods... Read Chapter

Thursday Evening

Submitted: July 12, 2018

  Katarina’s departure — along with that of Greta Ullmann — prompted another burst of conversation in the C... Read Chapter

Samson Bitterwood

Submitted: July 13, 2018

Although aware that I had to rise early for an early Court session, I lingered over my outbound letters until almost mi... Read Chapter

Mr Ruf

Submitted: July 14, 2018

  At this point, the Prosecution rested its case, and I would have been very remiss had I not stood and moved for... Read Chapter

Pastor Gustaffson

Submitted: July 14, 2018

  From time to time, I have wondered if it is the burdens of the Ministry that form men to that profession, or if... Read Chapter

Dagmar Thorson

Submitted: July 16, 2018

  Erik Thorson was still recovering from Pastor Gustaffson’s testimony when the recess ended: so the wiser course o... Read Chapter

Erik Thorson

Submitted: July 17, 2018

  Conventional wisdom among Advocates is almost insistent that a Defendant should not come to the Witness Stand i... Read Chapter

A Discussion

Submitted: July 18, 2018

  As had become routine, our small council of war had dinner at the hotel, and I was working through the collecti... Read Chapter

The Iron Gate

Submitted: July 18, 2018

  Saturday morning I re-acquainted myself with my hired horse — a very well-rested beast by this time — and left ... Read Chapter

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