Additional Details of the Lamentable Event.
Washington, Saturday, April 15.
The assassin of President Lincoln left behind him his hat and a spur.
The hat was picked up in the President's box and has been identified by parties to whom it has been shown as the one belonging to the suspected man, and accurately described as the one belonging to the suspected man by other parties, not allowed to see it before describing it.
The spur was dropped upon the stage, and that also has been identified as the one procured at a stable where the same man hired a horse in the evening.
Two gentlemen who went to the Secretary of War to apprize him of the attack on Mr. Lincoln met at the residence of the former a man muffled in a cloak, who, when accosted by them, hastened away.
It had been Mr. Stanton's intention to accompany Mr. Lincoln to the theatre and occupy the same box, but the press of business prevented.
It therefore seems evident that the aim of the plotters was to paralyze the country by at once striking down the head, the heart and the arm of the country.
As soon as the dreadful events were announced in the streets, Superintendent Richards, and his assistants, were at work to discover the assassin.
In a few moments the telegraph had aroused the whole police force of the city.
Maj. Wallach and several members of the City Government were soon on the spot and
every precaution was taken to preserve order and quiet in the city.
Every street in Washington was patrolled at the request of Mr. Richards.
Gen. Augur sent horses to mount the police.
Every road leading out of Washington was strongly picketed, and every possible avenue
of escape was thoroughly guarded.
Steamboats about to depart down the Potomac were stopped.
The Daily Chronicle says:
"As it is suspected that this conspiracy originated in Maryland, the telegraph flashed the
mournful news to Baltimore and all the cavalry was immediately put upon active duty. Every
road was picketed and every precaution taken to prevent the escape of the assassin. A
preliminary examination was made by Messrs. Richards and his assistants. Several persons were
called to testify and the evidence as elicited before an informal tribunal, and not under oath,
was conclusive to this point. The murderer of President Lincoln was
John Wilkes Booth. His hat was found in the private box, and identified by several
persons who had seen him within the last two days, and the spur which he dropped by accident,
after he jumped to the stage, was identified as one of those which he had obtained from the
stable where he hired his horse.
This man Booth has played more than once at Ford's Theatre, and is, of course, acquainted with
its exits and entrances, and the facility with which he escaped behind the scenes is well understood.
The person who assassinated Secretary Seward left behind him a slouched
hat and an old rusty navy revolver. The chambers were broken loose from the
barrel, as if done by striking. The loads were drawn from the chambers,
one being but a rough piece of lead, and the other balls smaller than the chambers,
wrapped in paper, as if to keep them from falling out.
Particulars of His Lost Moments - Record of
His Condition Before Death - His Death.
Washington, Saturday, April 15 -- 11 o'clock A.M.
The Star Extra says:
"At 7.20 o'clock the President breathed his last, closing his eyes as if falling
to sleep, and his countenance assuming an expression of perfect serenity. There were
no indications of pain, and it was not known that he died until the gradually
decreasing respiration ceased altogether.
Rev. Dr. Gurley, of the New-York-avenue Presbyterian Church, immediately on its being
ascertained that life was extinct, knelt at the bedside and offered an impressive
prayer, which was responded to by all present.
Dr. Gurley then proceeded to the front parlor, where Mrs. Lincoln, Capt. Robert Lincoln,
Mrs. John Hay, the Private Secretary, and others, were waiting, where he again offered
a prayer for the consolation of the family.
The following minutes, taken by Dr. Abbott, show the condition of the late President throughout
|11:00 o'clock||Pulse 44.|
|11:05 o'clock||Pulse 45, and growing weaker.|
|11:10 o'clock||Pulse 45.|
|11:15 o'clock||Pulse 42.|
|11:20 o'clock||Pulse 45; respiration 27 to 29.|
|11:25 o'clock||Pulse 42.|
|11:32 o'clock||Pulse 48, and full.|
|11:40 o'clock||Pulse 45.|
|11:45 o'clock||Pulse 45; respiration 22.|
|12:00 o'clock||Pulse 48; respiration 21 - echmoses both eyes.|
|12:15 o'clock||Pulse 48; respiration 22.|
|12:30 o'clock||Pulse 45.|
|12:32 o'clock||Pulse 60.|
|12:35 o'clock||Pulse 65.|
|12:40 o'clock||Pulse 69; right eye much swollen and echmoses [ecchymosis].|
|12:45 o'clock||Pulse 70.|
|12:55 o'clock||Pulse 80; struggling motion of arms.|
|11:00 o'clock||Pulse 65; respiration 30.|
|11:30 o'clock||Pulse 95; appearing easier.|
|11:45 o'clock||Pulse 85; very quiet, respiration irregular.|
|Mrs. Lincoln present.|
|12:30 o'clock||President very quiet; pulse 54; respiration 28.|
|12:52 o'clock||Pulse 48; respiration 30.|
|13:00 o'clock||Visited again by Mrs. Lincoln.|
|13:25 o'clock||Respiration 24 and regular.|
|13:35 o'clock||Prayer by Rev. Dr. Gurley.|
|14:00 o'clock||Respiration 26 and regular.|
|14:15 o'clock||Pulse 60; respiration 25.|
|15:50 o'clock||Respiration 28; regular; sleeping.|
|16:00 o'clock||Pulse failing; respiration 28.|
|16:30 o'clock||Still failing and labored breathing.|
|17:00 o'clock||Symptoms of immediate dissolution.|
Surrounding the death-bed of the President were Secretaries Stanton, Welles,
Usher, Attorney General Sprod, Postmaster-General Dennison, M.B. Field,
Assistant Secretary of the Treasury, Judge Otto, Assistant Secretary of the Interior,
Gen. halleck, Gen. Meigs, Senator Sumner, R.R. Andrews, of New-York;
Gen. Todd, of Darotah, John Hay, Private Secretary; Gov. Oglesby, of
Illinois; Gen. Farnsworth, Mrs. and Miss Kenney, Miss Harris, Capt. Robert Lincoln,
son of the President, and Doctors E.W. Abbott, B.K. Stone, C.D. Gatch, Neal Hall,
and Mr. Lieberman. Secretary McCulloch remained with the President until about
5 o'clock, and Chief-Justice Chase after several hours attendance during the
night returned early this morning.
Immediately after the President's death a Cabinet meeting was called by Secretary Stanton
and held in the room in which the corpse lay. Secretaries Stanton, Welles and Usher,
Postmaster-General Dennison, and Attorney-General Speed were present. The results
of the conference are as yet unknown.
Removal of the Remains to the Executive
Mansion -- Feeling in the City,
Washington, Saturday, April 15.
The President's body was removed from the
private residence opposite Ford's Theatre to the executive mansion this morning
at 9:30 o'clock in a hearse, and wrapped in the American flag. It was escorted
by a small guard of cavalry, Gen. Auour and other military officers following on
A dense crowd accompanied the remains to the White House, where a military
guard excluded the crowd, allowing none but persons of the
household and personal friends of the deceased to enter the premises, Senator Yates and
Representative Farnsworth being among the number admitted.
The body is being embalmed, with a view to its removal to Illinois.
Flags over the department and throughout the city are at half-mast. Scarcely
any business is being transacted anywhere either on private or
Our citizens, without any preconcert whatever, are draping their premises
with festoons of mourning.
The bells are tolling mournfully. All is the deepest gloom and sadness.
Strong men weep in the streets. The grief is wide-spread and deep and in
strange contrast to the joy so lately manifested over our recent military
This is indeed a day of gloom.
Reports prevail that Mr. Frederick W. Seward, who was kindly assisting the nursing
of Secretary Seward, received a stab in the back. His shoulder blade
prevented the knife or dagger from penetrating into his body. The prospects are
that he will recover.
A report is circulated, repeated by almost everybody, that Booth was captured
fifteen miles this side of Baltimore. If it be true, as asserted, that
the War Department has received such information, it will doubtless be officially
The government departments are closed by order, and will be draped with the
usual emblems of mourning.
The roads leading to and from the city are guarded by the military, and the
utmost circumspection is observed as to all attempting to enter or
leave the city.
Autopsy Upon the Body of Abraham Lincoln
Washington. Saturday, April 15.
An autopsy was held this afternoon over the body of President Lincoln by
Surgeon-General Barnes and Dr. Stone, assisted by other eminent medical men.
The coffin is of mahogany, is covered with black cloth, and lined with lead, the
latter also being covered white satin.
A silver plate upon the coffin over the breast bears the following inscription:
Sixteenth President of the United States.
Born July 12 1809.
Died April 15, 1865.
The remains have been embalmed.
A few locks of hair were removed from the President's head for the family
previous to the remains being placed in the coffin.
Circumstances Tending to Inculpate G.H. Booth - Description of his Confederate in
Washington, Saturday, April 15.
There is no confirmation of the report that the murderer of the President has
Among the circumstances tending to fix a participation in the crime on Booth,
were letters found in his trunk, one of which, apparently from a lady,
suppicated him to desist from the perilous undertaking in which he was about to
embark, as the time was inauspicious, the mine not yet being ready to be sprung.
The Extra Intelligencer says: "From the evidence obtained it is rendered
highly probable that the man who stabbed Mr. Seward and his sons, is John
Surratt, of Prince George County, Maryland. The horse he rode was hired
at Naylor's stable, on Fourteenth-street. Surratt is a young man,
with light hair and goatee. His father is said to have been postmaster of
Prince George County."
About 11 o'clock last night two men crossed the Anacostia Bridge, one
of whom gave his name as Booth,a nd the other as Smith. The latter is
believed to be John Surratt.
Last night a riderless horse was found, which has been identified by
the proprietor of one of the stables previously mentioned as having
been hired from his establishment.
Acounts are conflicting as to whether Booth crossed the bridge on
horseback or on foot; but as it is believed that he rode across it,
it is presumed that he had exchanged his horse.
From information in the possession of the authorities it is evident
that the scope of the plot was intended to be much more comprehensive.
The Vice-President and other prominent members of the Administration
were particularly inquired for by suspected parties, and their
precise localities accurately obtain; but providentially, in their cases,
the scheme miscarried.
A boat was at once sent down the Potomac to notify the gunboats on
the river of the awful crime, in order that all possible means should be
taken for the arrest of the perpetrators.
The most ample precautions have been taken, and it is not believed the culprits
will long succeed in evading the overtaking aim of justice.
The second extra of the Evening Star says:
"Col. Ingraham, Provost-Marshal of the defenses north of the Potomac, is
engaged in taking testimony today, all of which fixes the assassination
upon J. Wilkes Booth.
Judge Olin of the Supreme Court of the District of Columbia, and Justice
Miller, are also engaged today, at the Police Headquarters, on Tenth-street,
in taking the testimony of a large number of witnesses.
Lieut. Terell,, of Col. Ingraham's staff, last night proceeded to the
National Hotel, where Booth had bene stopping, and took possession
of his trunk, in which was found a Colonel's military dress-coat, two
pairs of handcuffs, two boxes of cartridges and a package of letters, all
of which are now in the possession of the military authorities.
One of these letters, bearing the date of Hookstown, Md., seems to
implicate Booth. The writer speaks of "the mysterious affair in which
you are engaged," and urges Booth to proceed to Richmond, and
ascertain the views of the authorities there
upon the subject. The writer of the letter endeavors to persuade
Booth from carrying his designs into execution at that time, for the reason,
as the writer alleges, that the government had its suspicions aroused.
The writer of the letter seems to have been implicated with Booth in
"the mysterious affair" referred to, as he informs Booth in the
letter that he would prefer to express his views verbally; and then goes on
to say that he was ot of money, had no clothes, and would be compelled to
leave home, as his family were desirous that he should dissolve his
connection with Booth. This letter is written on note paper,
in a small, neat hand, and simply bears the signature of "Sam" [Sam Arnold].
At the Cabinet meeting yesterday, which lasted over two hours, the
future policy of the government toward Virginia was discussed, the best
feeling prevailed. It is stated that it was determined to adopt a
very liberal policy, as was recommended by the President. It is said
that this meeting was the most harmonious held for over two years, the President
exhibiting throughout that magnanimity and kindness of heart which has ever
characterized his treatment of the rebellious States, and which has been
so littly requited on their part.
One of the members of the Cabinet remarked to a friend he met at
the door, that "The government was to-day stronger than it had been
for three years past."
Washington, Saturday, April 15 -- 3:30 P.M.
Today no one is allowed to leave the city by rail conveyance, or on foot,
and the issuing of passes from the Headquarters of the Department of
Washington has been suspended by Gen. Auger.
Probable Attempt of the Assassins to Escape Into Canada --
Order from the War Department.
Provost Marshall General's Bureau,
Washington, D.C. -- 9:10 A.M., April 15
It is believed that the assassins of the President and Secretary Seward
are attempting to escape to Canada. You will make a careful and
thorough examination of all persons attempting to cross from the United
States into Canada, and will arrest all suspicious persons. The
most vigilant scrutiny on your part, and the force at
your disposal, is demanded. A description of the parties supposed to
be implicated in the murder will be telegraphed to you today. But in
the meantime be active in preventing the crossing of any suspicious persons.
By order of the Secretary of War
N.L. Jeffers, Brevet Brig. Gen.,
Acting Provost-Marshal General.
Mr. Seward and Son.
Secretary Seward will Recover -- Frederick Seward Still Very Low.
Special Dispatch to the New-York Times.
Mr. Seward will recover.
Frederick Seward is still unconscious. He breathes calmly and
has an easy pulse. His head is dreadfully confused and lacerated.
An invalid soldier nurse saved Mr. Seward's life.
Gen. Grant's Movements.
Philadelphia, Saturday, April 15.
Gen. Grant arrived in this city late last night on
his way to Jersey, but was intercepted on his way to Walnut-street
wharf, by a dispatch from the office of the Associated Press, and
it is supposed he returned to Washington immediately.
His Return to Washington -- Dispatch from Mrs. Grant,
Burlington, N.J., Saturday, April 15.
Lieut.-Gen. Grant left Burlington for Washington, at 6 o'clock this morning.
Mrs. U.S. Grant.
Washington, Saturday, April 15.
Gen. Grant, who left yesterday for New-Jersey, and who was informed of
the assassination as he was leving Philadelphia this morning, arrived here in a
special traina about noon, and immediately proceeded to the President's house.
Dispatches from Boston announce that all the theatres in that city
will be closed until further notice.
In this city a movement of the same kind has been inaugurated. Fox's Old Bowery
Theatre will be closed this evening.