DISPATCH TO THE EVENING POST.
Washington, Thursday, April 27.
On Monday, April 24, the Sixteenth New-York Cavalry detachment started out on the south side of the Potomac in chase of Booth. They crossed the Rappahannock River at Fredericksburgh, and moved down on the west fork of that stream to the vicinity of Port Royal, a distance of some twenty-five miles. They had with them a photograph of Booth and an accurate personal description.
While riding along the road toward an old barn they discovered fresh horse tracks, which were immediately followed to the barn, where Booth and Harrold lay concealed.
The cavalry came up to the barn around 2 o'clock yesterday (Wednesday) morning. Harrold was secured soon after the barn had been surrounded; but Booth was concealed behind some boards, so that the troops could not see him - yet they heard him. He said that it was no use to try to take him alive; that he had a shot for every man who approached the crack in the boards behind which he lay.
At first Booth denied that that was his name, or that he had killed the President. Harrold, also, at first called him some other name.
When it became evident that every man who approached him would be killed, the moment daylight came Sergt. Corbett fired, Booth evidently not expecting a shot. The ball of a navy revolver entered his neck, and he fell over, with his own revolver grasped tightly in his hands.
Garrett, the owner of the barn, denies having secreted Harrold and Booth, and declares that he refused them admittance to his own house, and did not know that they were in his barn.
Negroes and rebel deserters furnished such evidence to the cavalry as to lead to the belief that the two men were somewhere in that section.
Later accounts show that every effort was made to take Booth alive. The troops parlayed with him for nearly an hour. Harrold begged him to surrender, but he persistently refused, stating that he would never be taken alive, and that he would fight all of them, and intended to die for his country then and there.
During the conversation, in which all present begged him to give up, he said that he fractured his leg when jumping from the stage-box on the stage. His last words were, "Tell my mother I died for my country."
On his person were found two Colt's revolvers, each a six-shooter, and the dagger with blood on it, which he had used on Maj. Rathbone.
In his pockets were found a few greenbacks and a sixty pound note on the Bank of Montreal.
Washington, Thursday, April 27. - 3:30 P.M.
The body of Booth has just been formally identified by prominent surgeons. From long exposure it has changed very much.
A surgical operation performed upon him several weeks ago rendered identification easy.
The left leg was broken, and appearances indicate that the injury was sustained when Booth jumped from the President's box to the stage of Ford's Theatre.
The bullet which killed Booth struck the spinal column, paralyzing the body.
DISPATCH TO THE Associated PRESS.
Washington, Thursday, April 27.
Yesterday morning a squadron of the Sixteenth New-York Cavalry traced Booth and Harrold to a barn between Bowling-green and Port Royal, near Fredericksburgh, Va.
The barn was surrounded, and a demand made for their surrender, which Harrold was in favor of doing, but upon Booth calling him a coward he refused to do so.
The barn was then set on fire and upon its getting too hot Harrold again presented himself and put his hands through the door to be handcuffed.
While this was going on Booth fired upon the soldiers, upon which a Sergeant fired at him.
The ball of the Sergeant took effect in the head of Booth, killing him.
Harrold was taken alone, and he and Booth's body were brought to the Washington Navy-yard last night.
Booth was discovered in the barn by the cavalry.
He declared his intention never to surrender, and said he would fight the whole squad, consisting of twenty-eight men, if they would permit him to place himself twenty yards distant.
The scouting party was under the command of Lieut. Edward Dougherty.
Both was on a crutch and was lame.
He lived two hours after he was shot, whispering blasphemies against the government and sending a farewell message to his mother.
At the time he was shot it is said he was leaning on his crutch and preparing to fire again upon his captors.
Washington, Thursday, April 27.
The Star has the following particulars of the capture of Booth:
To Lieut.-Col. L.C. Baker, special detective of the War Department and his admirably trained detective force, and to the Sixteenth New-York Cavalry, active participators in the seizures of the criminals, the country owes a debt of gratitude for this timely service.
It seems that a detachment of the Sixteenth New-York Cavalry, numbering about twenty-five men, was dispatched from this city on Monday, under the direction of Col. L.C. Baker, Special Detective of the War Department, in command of Lieut. Dougherty, accompanied by some of Col. Baker's officers, captured and killed Booth, and captured Harrold, one of his accomplices, alive.
The cavalry after leaving here landed at Belle Plain in the night and immediately started out in pursuit of Booth and Harrold, having previously ascertained from a colored man that they had crossed the river into Virginia at Swan Point in a small canoe hired by Booth from a man for three hundred dollars.
Proceeding on toward Bowling Green, some three miles from Port Royal, Lieut. Dougherty, who was in command of the cavalry, discovered that Booth and Harrold were secreted in a large barn owned by a man named Garrett, and were well armed.
The cavalry then surrounded the barn, and summoned Booth and his accomplice to surrender.
Harrold was inclined at first to accede to the request, but Booth accused him of cowardice. Then both peremptorily refused to surrender or, and made preparations to defend themselves.
In order to take the conspirators alive, the barn was fired, and the flames getting too hot for Harrold, he approached the door of the barn, and signified his willingness to be taken prisoner.
The door was then opened sufficiently to allow Harrold to put his arms through that he might be handcuffed.
As an officer was about placing the irons upon Harrold's wrists, Booth fired upon the party from the barn, which was returned by a Sergeant of the Sixteenth New-York, the ball striking Booth in the neck, from the effects of which he died in about four hours.
Booth, before breathing his last, was asked if he had anything to say, when he replied, "Tell my mother that I died for my country."
Harrold and the body of Booth were brought into Belle Plain at 8 o'clock last night, and reached the Navy-yard here at 1 o'clock this morning, on board of the steamer John S. Ide, Capt. Henry Wilson.
The statement heretofore published that Booth had injured one of his legs by the falling of his horse has proved to be correct. After he was shot it was discovered that one of his legs was badly injured, and that he was compelled to wear an old shoe and use crutches, which he had with him in the barn.
Booth was shot about 4 o'clock in the morning, and died about 7 o'clock.
Booth had upon his person some bills of exchange, but only $175 in Treasury Notes.
It appears that Booth and Harrold left Washington together on the night of the murder of President Lincoln, and passed through Leonardstown, Md., concealed themselves in the vicinity until an opportunity was afforded them to cross the river at Swan Point, which they did as above stated.
The man who hired Booth and his accomplice the boat in which he crossed the river was captured, we understand, but afterward made his escape.
Harrold has been lodged in a secure place.
Bowling Green, near which place Booth was killed, is a post office village and the capitol of Caroline County, Virginia, on the road from Richmond to Fredericksburgh, forty-five miles north of the former place, and is situated in a fertile and healthy region. It contains two churches, three stores, two mills, and about three hundred inhabitants.
Port Royal is a post village in Caroline County, Virginia, on the right bank of the Rappahannock River, twenty-two miles below Fredericksburgh. It has a population of 600, and has a good steamboat landing near the place.
Washington, Thursday, April 27.
The Star, in a later edition, has the following of Booth:
Booth and Harrold reached Garrett's some days ago, Booth walking on crutches. A party of four or five accompanied them, who spoke of Booth as a wounded Marylander on his way home, and that they wished to leave him there a short time, and would take him away by the 26th (yesterday). Booth limped somewhat, and walked on crutches about the place, complaining of his ankle. He and Harrold regularly took their meals at the house, and both kept up appearances well.
One day, at the dinner table, the conversation turned on the assassination of the President, when Booth denounced the assassination in the severest terms, saying that there was no punishment severe enough for the perpetrator. At another time, some one said in Booth's presence, that rewards amounting to two hundred thousand dollars had been offered for Booth, and that he would like to catch him, when Booth replied: "Yes, it would be a good haul, but the amount would, doubtless, soon be increased to five hundred thousand dollars."
The two Garrets, who lived on the place, allege that they had no idea that these parties - Booth and Harrold - were any other than what their friends represented them, i.e., paroled Confederate soldiers on their way home. They also say that when the cavalry appeared in that neighborhood, and they heard that they were looking for the assassins, that they sent word to them that these two men were on the place. In other words, they assert that they are entirely innocent of giving the assassins any aid and comfort, knowing them to be such.
The Ide, tug boat, reached here about 2 o'clock last night, with Harrold and the two men above referred to, as well as the body of Booth. Harrold was immediately put in a safe place. He, thus far, it is stated, has manifested no disposition to speak of the affair; but has he was known as a very talkative young man, he may soon resume the use of his tongue.
Booth and Harrold were dressed in Confederate gray new uniforms. Harrold was, otherwise, not disguised much. Booth's mustache had been cut off, apparently with a scissors, and his beard allowed to grow, changing his appearance considerably. His hair had been cut somewhat shorter than he usually wore it.
Booth's body, which we have above described, was at once laid out on a bench, and a guard placed over it. The lips of the corpse are tightly compressed, and the blood has settled in the lower part of face and neck. Otherwise the face is pale, and wears a wild, haggard look, indicating exposure to the elements, and a rough time generally, in his skulking flight. His hair is disarranged and dirty, and apparently had not been combed since he took his flight.
The head and breast are alone exposed to view, the lower portion of the body, including the hands and feet, being covered with a tarpaulin. The shot which terminated his accursed life, entered on the left side, at the back of the neck; a point, curiously enough, not far distant from that in which his victim - our lamented President - was shot.
No orders have yet been given as to what disposition will be made of the body. Large numbers of persons have been seeking admission to the Navy-yard to-day, to get a sight of the body and to hear the particulars; but none excepting the workmen, the officers of the yard, and those holding orders from the Department are allowed to enter.
A Spencer carbine, which Booth had with him in the barn at the time he was shot by Sergt. Corbett, and a large knife with blood on it, supposed to be the one with which Booth cut Major Rathbone, in the theatre box, and which was found on Booth's body, have been brought to the city. The carbine and knife are now in the possession of Col. Baker, at his office.
The bills of exchange, which were for a considerable amount, found on Booth's person, were drawn on banks in Canada, in October last. About that time Booth was known to have been in Canada. It is now thought that Booth's leg was fractured in jumping from the box in Ford's Theatre upon the state, and not by the falling of his horse while endeavoring to make his escape, as was at first supposed.
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