Death of an Assassin Book Signing

6125 Boyton Plank Road
Petersburg, Virginia 23803

11/05/2017 - 11/05/2017

From the depths of German and American archives comes a story one soldier never wanted told. The first volunteer killed defending Robert E. Lee’s position in battle was really a German assassin. After fleeing to the United States to escape prosecution for murder, the assassin enlisted in a German company of the Pennsylvania Volunteers in the Mexican-American War and died defending Lee’s battery at the Siege of Veracruz in 1847. Lee wrote a letter home, praising this unnamed fallen volunteer defender. Military records identify him, but none of the Americans knew about his past life of crime.

Relying primarily on German sources, Death of an Assassin tracks the never-before-told story of this German company of Pennsylvania volunteers. It follows both Lee’s and the assassin’s lives until their dramatic encounter in Veracruz and picks up again with the surprising case resolution decades later.

Ann Marie Ackermann will be speaking on the subject of her recently published book, Death of an Assassin. Copies of the book will be available for purchase and author signing. The event is free with your Pamplin Historical Park membership or paid park admission.



Death of an Assassin Book Signing

(804) 861-2408

Hours of Operation:
1:00 PM - 2:30 PM