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NEWS FROM ALL NATIONS.
—Upon the receipt of the news of the
President's death at Green Valley, Solana County,
Cal., a number of secessionists met to rejoice over
the event. A body of troops was sent to break np j
the meeting, but as they approach the ringleaders :
of the secessionists fortified themselves in a house, :
and fired at the soldiers, wounding two of them, i
The fire was returned by the soldiers, and several
of the secessionists were wounded. The whole ;
party then surrendered.
—On Tuesday morning the steamer Mass
achusetts, loaded with exchanged and paroled pris- |
oners, came in collision with the barge propeller j
ltlack Diamond, one mile ffom Blackstone Island, |
in the Potomac River, striking her on the port sicle |
and sinking her almost instantly. The soldiers, |
becoming panic stricken, jumped overboard and j
many were drowned. The Massachusetts was so I
badly injured that she could with difficulty be kept ;
—The Deputy Commissioner of Internal ■
Revenue has decided that no income tax can be
assessed upon any person to whom such income
aoorned, where such person died before the first
Monday of May. 18G5 ; but this decision does not
authorize the refunding of any income taxes here
tofore assessed and paid.
—Silas Harrington of Bristol, Conn., was i
compelled by a crowd to haul down a secession J
flag and hoist the American ensign, and has insti- j
tuted legal proceedings against some of those who !
then waited upon him.
—Mr. Seward lias so far recovered that;
on Tuesday he came down from his room and went j
ta work on some important State papers. The con- |
dition of his son Frederick is not materially j
—A mass meeting was held in one of j
the churches at Newbern, N. C., on the 2'2d, to |
give expression to the sentiments of the citizens J
on the assassination of Mr. Lincoln.
—The twenty-fifth monthly sale of Scran- j
ton coal at New York, Thursday, shows an average ;
decline on the various kinds since January of from (
$1 to S3 per ton.
—All restriction parses to Richmond j
were removed Thursday, any person can now go
there provided they do not travel on Government 1
—Several delegations now in Washing- ;
ton have reconsidered their action, and declined !
to call upon President Johnson to make speeches. J
—No vessels are permitted to land on I
the western shore of Maryland. This order is |
rigidly enforced to prevent the escape of Booth.
—Advices from Richmond state that i
Gov. Pierpont will probably call a meeting of the j
loyal Legislature by the Ist of June.
—ln answer to an address by a delega
tion of the Sons of Vermont who waited on him |
on Saturday, the President said : "He would say |
to the wealthy traitor, you must pay tlxe penalty of ;
your treason : and, on the other side, to the mis- i
guided thousands who have been deluded and de
ceived, many of whom have paid the penalty with !
their lives and limbs, conciliation, forbearance, and j
—A recent official repors shows that 21,- j
060 colored men have been enlisted in the army in j
Kentucky ; 1,000 were drafted, 2,000 ran away and j
enlisted in Indiauna, Tennessee, and Ohio. Eleven j
new regiments are being organized, which, when
completed, will make the quota of 30,000 colored
men for Kentucky. Over 100 negroes a day are
—The female employees of the Treasury j
Department called on the President on Saturday, 1
and some time was spent in hand shaking. Sev
eral beautiful boquets were presented to him, one
of which had a card accompanying it with the in
scription "May the Angels of the Lord encamp
—Of the Chicago conspirators, Buckner,
Morris and Vincent Marmaduke have been acquit
ted, and Charles Walsh and R. T. Semmes found
guilty, the former being sentenced to five and the
latter to three years' imprisonment and hard labor
in the Ohio Penitentiary.
—Col. Baker's detectives, by the aid of
"stool-pigions," have made a large haul of coun
terfeit SSO greenbacks, so well executed that none
but experts can detect them. The parties dealing
in them have been arrested, but the plate has not
yet been secured.
. —Commodore William W. McKeun, Uni
ted States Navy, died at his residence near Bing
hamton. N. Y., at 1 o'clock a. m., on Saturday.—
He was 54 years of age last September, and has
been in the service since 1813.
—Mr. William Hunter, who is now the
Acting Secretary of State, is a son of the late Wil
liam Hunter of Newport, the former Minister to
Brazil. He has for many years been Chief Clerk
in the State Department
—The Black Hawk, flag-ship of the Mis
sissippi Squadron, was accidentally destroyed by
tire on Saturday at Mound City.
—President Johnson has removed his
quarters from bis hotel to the residence of the Hon.
Samuel Hooper, on H-st
—There was a heavy snow storm in the
western part of Minnesota on Friday, the weather
being severely cold.
—J. W Wharton, an extensive sutler at
Fortress Monroe, bus been arrested and his goods
--Our forces entered Mobile on the 14th
ult., after its surrender by the Mayor. It was
found that the Rebels hail destroyed all the valua
ble materiel in the Navy-Yard, and sunk their two
most powerful rams in Spanish River. Four hun
dred guns were captured by the army and navy,
and large quantities of ammunition and stores.
—When the news of Lee's surrender
reached Danville, a mob collected and made an on
slaught upon the buildings containing commissary
stores. In one of them was a large quantity of
gunpowder and percussion caps, which, accident
ally becoming ignited, exploded, blowing the build?
ing and over 50 persons to atoms.
—The news of Gen. Grant's movements
in North Carolina gives great satisfaction in Wash
ington. The precautions taken are believed to be
sufficient to arrest any serious consequences aris
ing from Sherman's negotiations.
—lt is believed, from what is known of
the disposition of our forces in North Carolina,
that even if Johnston refuses terms of uncondition
al submission he cannot escape.
—'l lie Rebel t 01. Jesse and 28 of his
guerrillas were captured near Eminence, Ry., on
Monday morning by Col. Buckley's men. The
loss was small on either side.
—Several Rebel officers at Washington
rather than go South again, surrendered their pa
roles Friday, and took the oath of allegiance.
—Gen Augur lias issued an order direc
ting all paroled prisoners of war in the District of
Columbia to report to the Provost Marshal where
the residence of each prisoner, with his name and
rank, will be received, and none will be allowed to
wear Rebel uniform. Each prisoner is directed to
report in person, at the otfiee where his name is
registered, once in every ten days.
—lt is reported that when Jeff Davis
heard of Lee s surrender he was at Danville, and
that at 9 o'clock the same evening he left for
Greens borough, N. C. Before h fc departed he sta
ted to friends that his destination was Texas, where
he proposed to make the last stand.
Towanda, Thursday, May 4, 1865,
A more pernicious doctrine than that of.
State Sovereignty, was never promulgated
and advocated under our government. Be
fore tiie adoption of the Constitution, and
even under the conferation, the jealous
guarding of the rights and powers of the
State, was a material and a necessary con
sequence of the independent sovereignty
they enjoyed and exercised previously;
but after they had, by solemn enactment,
declared the Constitution to be the supreme
law of the land, or in other words, ac-,
knowledged the sovereignty left. But,
from the time of the formation of the Con
federation in 1777, up to the present, this
doctriue has not been lost sight of ; and in |
the convention which formed the Constitu-1
tion, ten years later, there was a strong
States Right party coming mostly from the
smaller States. On the question of regu- \
latiug the representation to the Congress
of the United States, a protracted, able,
and vehement debate arose on the proposi-'
tion to give the smaller States an equal !
representation Avith the larger, and this was ;
upheld on the ground that the former had
as many inherent rights as the latter.— j
Through the cunning and foresight how- J
ever, of Franklin and a few others, this ab
surd claim was defeated by giving all the ;
states an equal representation in the Sen
ate ; and ever since in various forms, in
different localities, and under varying cir- j
cumstances this doctrine has been protru- j
ded upon public attention. In 1832, South
Carolina openly undertook to nullify the
tariff acts of five general government, on
the ground that the rattle-snake State had
reserved the sovereign right to do this j
thing. The respective legislatures of Vir- j
ginia and Georgia sanctioned this high j
handed step of South Carolina ; and Geor
gia had previously denied the authority of!
the Supreme Court of the Un:.ed States to I
decide questions involving the validity of
treaties, and the laws of Congress. Her I
Governor too, approved this construction ; •
and had it not been for the great wisdom,!
and energetic measures of President Jack- j
son, the general Government would have j
then had a collision with State Rights ad- j
vocates. Many too, have thought that it
was a great pity it did not take place at j
that time, for the abominable theory has !
been nursed where it originated, until it
broke out afresh in the present rebellion ; j
and our readers can not have forgotten the j
rehashes the rebels gave us of the nullifica- j
tion speeches of McDuflie, Hayne and j
Hamilton, when they started off in the mad j
enterprise to make war uppn the Govern ]
ment. The wise, and the true men of the j
Union, Federalists and Republicans, Demo
crats and Whigs, have ever resisted this
destructive doctrine, from the beginning
of the Government to the present time, on
the ground that it was at variance with
the proper logic of the Constitution, and
I every consideration of public safety. If
the States had reserved to themselves the
right to annul, or to resist the laws, or to |
recede at pleasure, the government would [
have been a nullity, and a folly. Such, we j
are thankful was never intended, and never
held to be the truth by those who under
stood the subject best; and thankful we
are too, that the sages who framed the or
ganic law of our government, had the far
reaching sagacity to make it the strong,
self-sustaining organization it is. Its pow
er rests in its inherent cohesiveness. Per
haps one of the best illustrations of the
fallacy of State Sovereignity, is now fur
nished by the rebels themselves, they who
were so loud in its praise, and who justi
i tied their infamous war upon the Goveru
! ment, on that ground alone. We commend
to the attention of the reader, the following
extract from the Richmond Inquirer of a
recent date. A convention of the Rebel
States is proposed to harmonize conflicting
opinions and interests, and this article was
j written on the subject :
j " For what is the sovereignty of the
' state needed in convention ? //as not state
j sovereignty been the weakness of the cause f
' If during the life and death struggle, with
| the compress of a common danger to bind
■ and hold together these states, this princi
i pie of state sovereignty was continually
! obtruding itself, delaying and preventing
; the legislation necessary to the "common
1 defence," impairing that authority intrus
| ted with the general welfare, and impeding
j the execution of laws necessary and prop
•er to the success of the cause, is it to b >
I supposed that when peace returns thisprin
j ciple of state sovereignty will permit the
| confederacy to exist one year. How long
' would Governor Brown permit the people
j of Georgia to be taxed to pay the debt of
j the country? Even during the struggle
j he, a very ordinary governor, presumes to
j criticise General Lee's military movements,
1 and undertakes to say that General Early
j should have been sent to Georgia instead
j of to Washington. State sovereignty, thus
' presuming to judge of matters intrusted to
the confederate executive, undertakes to
destroy the efficiency of that executive and
■to subvert all measures undertaken for
the "common" defense and "general" wel
j fare. The conduct of certain states, in
i their opposition to the laws passed for the
j organization of the army and the preserva
tion of discipline, has caused many men to
reconsider their long cherished doctrine of
j state sovereignty, and to come to the con
, elusion that, while in theory it is beautiful
and true, in fact and practice it is utterly
defective. This cause needs power, and
power to raise men, subsistency, and not
The civil and military authorities in
\ ermont were Thursday informed that
preparations for a rebel raid on the frontier
j towns of that State were again being made
in Oauada. and immediately arrangements
were perfected to put the national and State
i troops in position to repel any attack.
gIRKEMIEII OK JOHNSTON'S AHMV.
The last remaining military organization
of the rebellion of any consequence east
of the Mississippi river has finally succum
bed, and, like Lee's stubborn Northern Vir
ginia Army, has ceased to have an exis
tence. General GRANT, in a dispatch dated
Raleigh, N. C., at ten o'clock on Wednes
day night, informs us that the rebel Gen.
Johnston has " surrendered the forces in
his command, embracing all from here to
the Chattahoochee, to Gen Sherman, on the
basis agreed upon between Lee and myself
for the Army of Northern Virginia."
The Chattahoochee river forms the boun- j
dary between Georgia and Alabama, along
about half the western limits of the former
and the eastern border of the latter, and,
in passing thence to the Gulf of Mexico,
bisects Florida, leaving over three-fourths
of the named State on its eastern side. The
surrender of Johnston, therefore, completes
the dissolution not only of the army under
his immediate direction in North Carolina,
but of all the detached rebel commands in
that State, Georgia and the greater part of I
Florida. Newbern advices state that John
ston attempted to haggle with General
Grant for terms which would provide for
the pardon of Jeff Davis and the other
leading insurrectionary conspirators. But
the Lieutenant-General would listen to
nothing of the kind, and Johnston was com
pelled to be satisfied with the conditions
granted to Lee
The only remaining rebel armies now in
the field (if, indeed, even they have any
longer an existence), are those under Kirby
Smith and Dick Taylor—the former in the
Trans-Mississippi Department, and the lat
ter a sea taring command recently operating
in Alabama and Mississippi. Both, even if
they still survive at the present time, will
no doubt soon be completely disbanded. A
New Orleans report stated that Dick Tay- j
lor signified his willingness to surrender to i
General Canby some days ago.
Foreiun News.—The Africa, from Liver-j
pool April 15, and Queenstown April 16, i
arrived Friday at Halifax, bringing three !
days' later news from Europe.
The news of the fall of Richmond reached j
England on April 14, and produced an in
tense excitement. It was universally ad
mitted that the end of the Rebellion was
near at hand. The Confederate Loan fell
to 13, and Five-Twenties went up to 65.
There had been serious political disturb
ances at Madrid. The military fired upon
the people without giving them a previous
By the arrival of the Columbia at New
York we have dates from Havana to April
24 The inteligence of the death of Presi
dent Lincoln caused feelings of the deepest
sorrow in the hearts of all Americans, but
many of the Rebels openly rejoiced.
We learn from Mexico, byway of Mata
rnoros, that Gen. Cortinas has declared
against the Empire, and was preparing to
attack Mejia, who was cut oft' from all com
munication with the interior, and likely to
be compelled to surrender.
President Carrera of Guatemala is hope
lessly sick, and his death, it is persumed,
will be the signal for a rising of the Liberal
party in San Salvador and Nicaragua.
ffi&y" Edward Ingersoll, who made the se
cession speech at the Democratic meeting
in New York city a short time since, was
waited upon Thursday on reaching his
home in Philadelphia by a deputation of
citizens, and requested to apologize for the
disloyal sentiments expressed He refused
to do so, and drew a pistol upon his assail
ants, whereupon the police interfered and
arrested him He was taken before a jus
tice and, in default of bail, committed for
an attempt to kill and carrying dangerous
wepons. His brother, Charles Ingersoll,
was also set upon by the crowd and rather
* 1 •>
' roughly handled.
Astounding revelations are said to
| be forthcoming respecting the conspiracy
for the assassinations at Washington, ex
; hibiting the perfidy and cowardly expedi
| cuts resorted to by the leaders of the Re
i bullion. Our Consul-Gene:al in Canada
has given notice to the authorities that all
j the criminals connected with the murder of
President Lincoln must be surrendered to
j the United States authorities.
Richard Cobden, the great friend of
! our country in England, died on the 2d
inst., in the 61st year of his age. He was
a Republican in principle, and sympathised
J deeply with our efforts to uphold freedom
Jon this continent. He was among the
| ablest of his countrymen.
TERRIBLE STEAMBOAT DISASTER.
j St. Lotus, April '2B, 1865.
A telegram received by the military au
thorities from New Madrid says the steam
-1 er Sultana, with two thousand paroled pris
! oners, exploded. Fourteen hundred lives
: were lost.
CAIRO, April 28, 1865.
The steamer Sultana, from New Orleans
, on the evening of the 21st, arrived at Vieks
burg with boilers leaking badly. She re
: inained thirty hours repairing, taking on
I one thousand nine hundred and ninety-six
Union soldiers and thirty-five officers, lately
; released from Cahawba and Andersonville
prisons. She arrived at Memphis last even
ing, and after coaling proceeded. About
two o'clock A. M., when seven miles up,
blew up, and immediately took fire and
burned to the waters edge. Of two thou
sand one hundred and six souls aboard not
; more than two hundred will be recovered.
| Five hundred were rescued, and are now
in the hospital. Two or three hundred,
uninjured, are at the soldiers' home. Cap
, tain Mason, of the Sultana, is supposed to
.be lost. At tour o'clock this morning the
river in front of Memphis was covered with
soldiers struggling for life. Many are bad
ly scalded. Boats immediately went to
their rescue, and are still engaged picking
them up. General \\ ashburne immediately
i organized a board of officers to investigate
the affair. They are now at work.
No further particular* are received.
An important order lias just been issued
from the office of the Adjutant General at
Washington, making arrangements for an
immediate further extensive curtailment of
the military expenses of the govertment.
Surely H trip down the Susquehanna River on a
raft, is not a new thing under the sun, and why
should I attempt to describe our trip ? I hear
some of the readers ask, "If you write at all for
the REVOBTEB, why not tell us something that we
did not know before. t\'e know the river like a
book." Well I did not know it like a newspofxr
even, till 1 went down it on a raft, with my goods
anil all my family on the raft too, and such things, j
On the fourth of April, Anno Domini, one thou- I
sand eight hundred and sixty-live, at precisely !
three minutes and two seconds past one one we j
pulled out from Towanda harbor, below the schnte,
with our fleet consisting of two hemlock rafts, j
loaded with oak. beech, piue, birch, maple and j
cherry lumber, and our household stuff. Our j
crew was, first Ga;>t. O. C'HAMBEKLAIN, Pilot, 2nd j
Lieut. F. B. KICK, Supercargo, J. SMITH, W. FISH- j
nit, Steersmen, andC. ROCKWELL, Oarsman, Messrs. j
BOWMAN and SHINEH, were deck passengers. The j
cabin passengers were my wife, my son, our hired j
girl, and myself. 1 mention myself last on ac- I
count of my extreme modesty, as all writers for |
country newspapers must be modest, and say we, |
when they mean I, and our, when they mean mine, j
this is allowed them as a poetic license. < >ur cab- j
in was fourteen feet long and twelve wide and but |
one very short story high. In it we had sleeping
accommodations for eleven, a cooking stove, all j
the provisions for the voyage, a table, four chairs, j
And conveniences for hanging up the outer gar- |
ments of the male and the head gearings of the
female members of t ie party, and such things.
Well, at precisely three minutes and two sec
onds past one o'clock, the Captain called out "all j
aboard." The friends that were on board to bid a j
long adieu to friends, left the rait, the hands 1
sprang to their oars, and the noble craft swung out j
into the river. Bui alas for human hopes, it J
moved about half its length, and then refused to ;
go further. Oars were plied, boards were brought ]
in requisition to push with, all hands worked but 1
the vessel refused to stir. "Whatnow?" demand- :
ed my wife. "Stuck the first thing?" asked our '
hired girl. "Pry it off," said the owner of the
lumber. " Spring on the oars," ordered the cap
tion. "Sheriff it," commanded the supercargo. '
And " Sheriff it " they did, and thus swung it off
from the roots of a stump that had sunken in the
channel. This application of a Sheriff' to get
things loose, was a new idea to me. I had thought
that the business of a Sheriff' is to make things
fast and keep them so, and when the order was
given to " Sheriff' it," I expected to see VAN FLEET
running toward us with an execution in his hand,
and such mean things.
The world moves, and so did our rafts, and we
proceeded gently, very geiitly, along down to lug
liam's Eddy, where we "hung up" for the night,
to use a river phrase. The captain, my wife, our
hired girl and myself, waded some rods through
the mud and then climbed a hill about a mile up
and a half a mile down, to find a place to sleep,
t and were hospitably entertained by a Mr. QUICK,
who resides upon the brow of the hill.
! At daylight on the morning of the fifth we again
j started, and floated along as rapidly as the water
; would carry us, to Swartwood's Eddy, where we
| stopped again for the night. Here again we sought
a house in which to sleep. We stayed in a house
j where the man had the liver complaint, and his
wife the heart disease, and my wife, our hired girl,
and myself, concluded that two of the young la
| dies in the house were troubled with the affection
| of the heart, for they kept up a constant noise,
j and all that, and when we arose in the morning we
j found them still up, and enjoying the company of
| a couple of young gentlemen from the neighbor
| ing village, who made a genteel. call, but found it
I so dark when they desired to return they were
| afraid to drive back till daylight.
On the sixth we ran about five miles and were
driven on shore by the wind, where we remained
till the seventh at ten o'clock. The day we started
j we heard of the surrender of Petersburg and
j Richmond. .Since that we had heard nothing from
■ our armies, and we were just about mad for the
| want of news. We hailed every one that passed,
j but could hear nothing reliable. Some said Lee
I had surrendered. Some that the evacuation of
| Richmond was one of Old Abe's jokes. Occasiou
| ally a man would tell us that he had heard that
j Lee had left Richmond, but he did not believe it,
j and would walk on with a mournful countenance,
j Others would hurrah for Grant, Sheridan and Lin
| colu. We could easily tell the politics of those of
I whom we made inquiry for war news. This lying
| under the bank when yon are in a great hurry, is
i uot so pleasant. We conld look at the rocks, but
i I will not describe them. They look just as they
; did when the first raft of lumber descended the
I river. They are rough, jagged, precipitious, point
ed, shelving, high, barren, bleak, solid, grand,
sublime, and all that. Here we all slept in the
cabin. Rather a small lodging apartment for nine
large men and two women, but there was no alter
native. There were no houses where my wife, our
| hired girl, and myself, could sleep.
On the seventh we moved gently along by Pitts
j ton and Wilkes-Barre, at which latter place, the
| supercargo sold the fleet, and we prepared to un-
I load our goods, but the purchaser discovered be
j lore it was too late, that he lmd given too much
| for the boards, and so paid forty dollars and back
j My wife, our hired girl, my son and myself, were
| glad that the noble craft that had borne us so gent
j ly down thus far was destined to go farther on.—
I Still we were all sorry to see a man so small as too
j sell himself for two rafts of hemlock boards, be
sides the seller was making a good bargain, but
| then all men don't think alike.
After dickering four hours, on we went as rap
idly as water would carry us, and landed at the
head of Nantieoke schnte for the night. Not feel
ing disposed to sleep nine in one bed another
night, the two deck passengers left at Wilks-Barrie,
my wife and our hired girl, went to a house stand
ing about forty rods above the harbor where our
| fast sailing fleet was safely auchored, and asked
J the proprietor for the privilege of sleeping in his
j house. The house in appearance and convenience
| and furniture and all of Its surroundings was a
! palace. The aged gentleman called unto him the
j aged partner of his bosom, and they consulted
i upon the important question ; after making in
i quiries as to the places from which we came, and
! whither they were going, and how they came to be
J on a raft, and why they did not go some where else
j to stay, and all that, the two aged personages aided
j by a young lady, who was probably a grand-daugh
| tcr, decided that they could not incommode, them
: selves so much as to accommodate them with one
I bed for the night, so they came back and we all
; slept again in the cabim
l The name of this hospitable gentleman is—well
j never mind, he is a coal operator at any rate, and
j resides a few rods above Nantieoke dam, and if I
S were to guess I would venture that h is a— there
let it go, Ido tuff wish to be personal, and say
| mean things.
j Early on the morning of the Bth we weighed an
< chor, thut is we unhitched, and hoisted sails to run
i through the schnte. The gallant ship came out of
! the breakers unharmed, although she was tossed
i about by the foaming surging billows and all that,
i still she was not broken nor even cracked. Through
j the whole day and night we dashed on over the
mighty deep at the rate of about one mile in an
; hour and a half, and on Sunday morning at about
| day-light landed at Northumberland. Here we as
certained that vessels of the largest kind, like
' ours, could not run the schute when the water was
ias low as it was then. This was a new disaster to
I my wife, our hired girl, and myself, for we were
I now obliged to get our things on to the rail road,
: which we did on Monday and bid adieu to that
! splendid hemlock raft, with its superb cabin, and
! such things.
In one of my letters I referred to the fact that a
! man in this city made use of some vulgar expres
! sions when speaking of Mr. Lincoln's death, be
i sides saying that he was glad he was dead, and the
j people were disposed to hang him.
On the 26th, this man was by order Gen. Henks
required to bear aloft u board on which was paint
ed in large letters the following :
" William Young, a traitor, too cowardly to fight |
for the rebels, ejects his vulgar renown to insult
the remains of our dead President."
He was paraded through the principal streets ac
companied with a squad of soldiers aud martial
music playing the rogues' march. X.
THE ASSASSIN BOOTH SHOT
Special Dispatch to the N. Y. Tribune.
WASHINOTOB, Thursday, April 27, lHiifi.
YYe have just received from the lips of.
Sergt. Boston Corbett, of Co. L, 16tli \ew
York Cavalry, the full particulars of his
capture of Booth, and the circumstances
which compelled him to shoot him.
Corbett resides in New York in Attorney j
street, uext door to the Protestant M. K. ;
church, of which he is a member. His reg-1
imeut has been stationed at Vienna, and
been more or less in the pursuit of Booth i
and different persons suspected of being i
connected with the gang of assassins.
The regiment were in the city, and did
guard and escort duty on the occasion of
the President's funeral.
A detachment of 26 men, under command I
of Lieut. Doherty, with two of Col. Baker's
detectives, viz: Lieut.-Col. Conger and
Lieut. Baker, both late of Baker's District
of Columbia Cavalry, proceeded to Port
Royal in pursuit of Booth and Harrold,
they having received trustworthy informa
tion of their whereabouts from the negroes,
and some confirmatory information from
certain paroled Confederate soldiers.
They crossed the Rappahannock in a
scow ferry-boat at Port Royal on Tuesday
| night, and had proceeded about three miles j
| beyond that place when they ascertained
that Booth was secreted upon the place of
! Henry Garrett. Mr. (*. was called out,and
! stated he had been there, but ha<,l been no-.
I tified by Rebel cavalry that our cavalry
were crossing the river and that he must
leave and secrete himself. Mr. G. seemed
to give all the information be could, and his
' son, who accompanied the party here, was
■ especially active in helping ferret him out.
He was supposed to have fled to the
' woods, but upon approaching the bam he
was discovered secreted therein.
When challenged to come out and sur-
I render, he, in a very wild and excited tone,
! demanded to know who they supposed him
i to be, and by what authority ; desiring to
know of what crime he was charged, and
I evincing the greatest excitement, and talk
| ing very incoherently.
The officers demanded that he should
| come forth and give himself up. He re
| fused to do so, and threatened to shoot
| whoever should approach. He said he was
| there alone, but would never surrender.
• Corbett was stationed at a corner of the
barn, where there was a board off and
1 where he was particularly exposed to
i Booth's fire ; he expressed a desire to go in
I and try and secure him, saying he was
j willing to venture his life in the encounter,
I and had much rather go in and attack him,
; than to stand in his exposed position ; but
| it was so evident that Booth meant to sell
i his life as dearly as possible, that Lieut.
' Doherty would not permit him to enter.
The officers then gave Booth five minutes
! to surrender, or else the barn would be
fired. Nearly a half hour was consumed
| in the parley, however, when the fire was
! set to the barn. During the progress of
I the flames Booth was seen by Corbett aim
: ing his Spencer carbine at one of the men.
1 Corbett, who is a deeply religious man,says
| he prayed fervently for Booth, and that God
| would have mercy upon his soul, and feel
-1 ing that he was justified in shooting him to
! prevent the possible loss of the life another
innocent man, approached the crack in the
barn, leveled his revolver and fired.
His shot, by a strange coincidence, en
tered his head in almost precisely the same
spot that President Lincoln was shot ; the
ball, however, passed through and out of
the upper part of his neck on the opposite
Bootli instantly fell, and his carbine
dropped heavily with him ; he was stand
ing at the time supported by a crutch ; his
body was instantly removed from the burn
ing barn ; this was just at daybreak yes
terday, and he lived till about 7 o'clock.
In his leather belt which he wore was
the "Pic Semper Tyrannis" dirk, he so
tragically brandished upon the stage, with
clotted blood dried upon its blade. This
knife, bis carbine and two revolvers, which
he also had upon his person, holding one in
his left hand at the time of being shot, and
while aiming his carbine, were all brought
to the Tribune building here and exhibited
! at 2 o'clock, this a. in.
Booth's confederate and companion, Har
rold, caine out of the barn at the first in an
excited state of fright and professed con
trition, with his arms upraised. He also
audibly besought Booth to surrender, with
out avail however.
Booth, in his forced hauteur, shouted out
just before Harrold left him. " Here, Cap
tain, is one man who wants to surrender
mighty bad." He had but a moment pre
! viously insisted that no one was in the barn
Harrold is pronounced a mean, cowardly
boy. He says he wishes Wilkes Booth had
been dead before he had ever seen him, and
! then remarked with silly tone and action,
j "He always liked Mr. Lincoln, and was
\ very fond of his jokes."
Harrold has been brought to this city
! and confined as are the other prisoners,
j Booth, before he died, was apparently ra
j tional, but talked at random and contradic
i ted himself as he had done throughout, and
| he said : " Tell my mother I have died for
my country. You, gentlemen, have spoiled
my fun in Mexico." He seemed conscious
j of near approach of death, but died as friv
olously and hardened as he had lived.
His body was fully identified by his in
itials on his hand in India ink, his memo
randum books and other papers, and by the
personal recognition before and after death
| of the detective officers who knew him.
He had his moustache shaved off, and
1 had a unshorn beard of four or five days.
He wore a gray woolen shirt ; had on
| dark cassimere pants ; one cavalry, or the
ater, top boot, which drew up above the
: knees, but was turned down when cap
' tared. On the other foot he had an old
shoe. His leg was bandaged where it was
Harrold says by his spur catching in the
flog festooning the President's box, and
tripping in his leap upon the stage. He
i suffered excruciating pain from this wound,
the splintered end of the bone piercing the
Harrold says Booth had a third revolver,
which was burned up in the barn. Booth's
j general appearance was rough and untidy,
. striking in contrast witli the hilarious fop
of other days. Corbett, who is a young
! man ofCromwellian faith, says he was very
anxious to be permitted to go in and en
| counter him, although he supposes his life
! would have been the forfeit ; yet he was of
I the opinion that at the moment Booth had
[ engaged him, the others could have sprung
j upon him and secured him alive. He says
| he would willingly have given up his own
life if thereby the cause of justice could
have been subserved. When he fired upon
him, it was his hope to effectually disable
him and not to kill him, hut Ids hall struck
higher than he intended. He knew, how
ever, from his throats, that he would either
kill himself or some one else if he were not
Booth wanted to know where they would
take him if he would give up. He was in
formed by the detectives that he must make
an unconditional surrender.
He is said to have showered imprecations 1
upon his confederates, who he said had
promised to stand by him, but had all de
He was brought to the house of Mr. Gar
rett ly a Confederate captain, who told Mr.
Garrett that he was a Marylander who was !
endeavoring to make his way to Johnston's
Several small squads of Rebel cavalry
were seen hovering about, and were no
doubt endeavoring to cover his escape.
To the loyal negroes arc; our officers in
debted for the traces which led to Booth's |
capture. It is said conclusive evidence is j
adduced showing the whole plot to have i
originated in the order called " Knights of
the Golden Circle."
Boston Corhett, the hero of the above |
narrative, was born in London, hut was •
brought to New York by his father at eight
years of age. He subsequently went to
Boston, where he was converted, and was
baptized a member of the Methodist Church.
He says, at that time, desiring to lead a
new life, he changed his former given name,
and was baptized "Boston." His subse
quent residence lias been New-York, where !
he enlisted into the Kith Cavalry.
He is as modest as he is devoted, and
his Lieutenant pronounces him a most wor
thy soldier. He was offered one of Booth's
pistols by tin; detective as a memento of
the occasion, hut he declined, saying he de- !
desired no reminder of tin; sad duty he had
performed, and desired to have it banished j
from his mind as soon as possible.
He was to-day offered here SIOO fur his |
1 own pistol, with which he had killed Booth, 1
hut in; instantly replied, "That is not mine
' - it belongs to Government, and 1 would j
not sell it for any price."
Being spoken to about the large reward j
he replied lie desired no reward for having j
done wwal God made manifest to him, in !
! answer to prayer, was his duty to do. lie l
remarked, however, that ift.be Government j
wished to reward him and would allow him
I to keep his little horse when his term of j
1 service was over, it would he all he could '
wish. "He isn't very valuable," he said, S
| " hut I've got so attached to him that 1
would like to lake him home." lie was as- j
sured by the gentlemen present that Sec-
I retary Stanton would cause an order to he
' ssued for that horse to he turned over to
It is mentioned as a coincident circum- i
! stance, that Corhett attended Mclvendree j
J chapel, in this city, last Sunday night, at
j which he related liis interesting experience 1
as a man, soldier and Christian, closing
; with a very fervent and appropriate prayer,
j in which the then public burden engrossed
his mind. He prayed wit i especial fervor ,
! that the guilty, fleeing perpetrators of the
; foul crime against humanity and the nation
| might lie speedily overtaken and brought
I to just ce, little dreaming then that he was
| to be the instrument, under Providence, for
I the answer of his own prayer.
The popular mind, although intensely ex
i cited all last night and this morning over
| flying and contradictory rumors, has set
tled down to a resolute and dignified quiet.
Lieut. Edward P. Doherty was formerly
; a member of the 71st N. Y. Infantry, and
was at the first battle of Bull Run, and was
in many other engagements ; showing
| bravery and courage.
He lias been on many perilous reconnois
sauces with the lfith N. Y. V. Cavalry, and
received many encomiums front the press 1
; and his commanding officers for his bravery
! lust Fall near Culpepper, when* his party
were surrounded by Kershaw's division of
Rebel soldiers, lie cut his way through gal
lantly and saved most of his men.
This regiment (lfith New York Cavalry)
! is now under command of Col. N. B. S weit
zer. They have been on the defence of
Washington scouting to the Rapidan, the
! Rappahannock, Bull Run Mountains, Thor
| oughfare Gap, and other places in the moun
i tainous valleys and foiests for guerrillas,
\ bushwhackers, Ac. The regiment has lost
| many valuable men by their dashing raids,
' and many pickets and patro's have been
; captured and killed by the bushwhackers.
WASHINGTON, Friday. April 28, lNfi.">.
! The excitement which prevailed in this
city yesterday lias considerably subsided.
While all regret that the assassin, owing
! to the rashness among the soldiers engaged
in the capture, was not taken alive, they
i at the same time felt grateful that the mur
| derer had paid the penalty of his crime.
| Had he been brought to the Washington
Navy-Yard alive, nothing could have witli
' stood the fury of the excited congregated
What disposition was made of Booth's
body after the autopsy upon it, is imposs
| ilde to ascertain, but that a fitting-disposal,
I in keeping with his ignominious career was
I made, is certain.
The public breathe more freely, as the
! great burden which has been on their minds
! for two weeks has been removed.
Harrold, who has been exhibiting great
| stoicism since his capture, now appears to
| seem to realize the awful position in which
: he is placed, and through the day has given
| way to frequent fits of weeping. lie is
! quite young, and his appearance would in
dicate him to he not over 20. Some time
! ago he was an applicant for the position of
j surgeon's steward on the Potomac flotilla,
but was unsuccessful.
Very great curiosity prevails as to the
disposition to he made of the remains of
Booth ; but it seems the authorities are not
inclined to give the wretched carcass the
honor of meeting the public gaze, and it
will probably Vie deposited in whatever
place promises the most utter obscurity
; for them. Yesterday a photographic view
of the body was taken before it was re
moved from the monitor. It was then
| placed in an ordinary gray blanket, in
which it was sewed up. A plain casket
shaped box, measuring six feet by two,had
been previously made in the joiners shop
for the remains, but it was not used.
WASHINGTON, Friday, April 2k,
| Edwin Booth is here for the purpose, it
is stated, of procuring the body of his
brother. His desire cannot be granted, as
the grave of the assassin will never he
The surgeons who held the autopsy upon
Booth assert that he must have endured
untold anguish of body, as well as of mind,
from the nature of the fracture of his leg,
the small bone having cut its way through
j the Hesh, and protruded.
Mortification of the leg had also com
menced, and it was the opinion of the Sur
! gcon-General that lie could not have lived
many days more in any event. This may
account in part for the horrid expression of
countenance and the general repulsiveness I
| of the corpse.
WASHINGTON, Thursday, April 27 jtj,-
Col. Baker of the detecrivc force fiirni*,!,,
the following additional particulars cm,,
ing the; eapture of Booth :
Learning that no traces of him could l,
found after his departure from the hoi 1M .,,
I>r. Mudge, near Port Tobacco, where ), .
fractured leg was set, he became satisli,
that he must have crossed the Potomac
escaped into Virginia at or near Ac.pu'
Greek. He therefore procured an order f -
Gen. Hancock to furnish him 26 pick# r'
cavalrymen to act as escort to his brother
Lieut. Baker and Lieut. Col. Conger, w!
were to conduct them upon a route whirl,
careful consultation of the map of Virgir,;
had indicated as the one most likely p,
taken by Booth. They proceeded down t|„.
river to Belle Plain in the steamer Id<. K
and thence disembarked, rode across to
point opposite Port Royal on tin; Rappalu,.
nock. Here was a scow ferry, and the f,. rrv .
man was critically questioned as to the
passage of any such party as Booth an<l
The Virginia ferryman could remetnhe r
no siirli person. But while Lieut Baker
was exhibiting Booth's photograph with the
view of refreshing his memory, a darker
colored, hut a more loyal Virginian, em
ployed as an assistant on the ferry, happ....
Ed to see the photograph over the detective',
shoulder, and instantly replied, "Yes, master
I know dat man, I set urn across de liver
t'other day, wid three oder men, in two 1e,,,
The white proprietor could remember
nothing whatever, yet the trail was deennv
good. At Port Royal they took the Bowl
ing Green road and passed the farmhold
| of the Garretts, which being about a quar
ter ot a mile from the road, they pass,
and rode on several miles. This wa 4 ab.,t;.
j 3 o'clock a. in. They met another color.-
Virginian however, aud from him learn.
' that a party such as was inquired for vv,..
brought and left at Mr. Garrett's two <J ;tv .
I before, by two Rebel officers.
The party then wheeled aud returned t
| Garrett's houe. Lieut. Baker dismount. ,
and demanded admittance and the sun-end.-!
of Booth. The senior Garrett denied a'
i knowledge of Booth, hut seeing Baker in;,.
| nipulate his revolver, bethought him of tv..
| Confederate soldiers who had teen stopjn: >
| at his house, one of whom was wounded.
He protested he knew nothing of tin
1 names. He said they had been apprig.
| that the Union cavalry was about and j,.,.-
left the house, demanding his horses, savii
; they must get away ; hut he (tiara-!
i stoutly relused to let his horses go,
ing, lie says, he should never get them ma.
j So Booth and Harrold fled to the barn, ai
i lie sent the younger Garrett to watch t •
| barn to see that they did not steal the hois.,
and that he was at that momeut hiditg :
; the corn-house, adjoining the barn
This was found to he as stated. Lieu:
| Baker then went to the barn door ai
| knocked heavily with Lis revolver uponti
j dour, shouting out "Booth, Booth " Alt.-i ,
protracted silence, Baker continued t
j knocking and calling ; Booth came to •
I door and asked, "who are you and what
J you want ? Are you Confed. ra.se or Y
: kee?" Baker replied giving his name, wi,
I Booth declared he would shoot the fir
man who attempted to enter the barn
The remainder of the affair of firing r
barn, the surrender of Harrold, and sin
ing Booth is as narrated by Sergeant '
, bctt. j
The inteligent contraband had further it> |
I nonnced that "one of the Rebel officers wi
! brought these men here was courting ala?
1 way down on the Bowling Green." and
. reckoned he'd he yere." The point w>
i taken, and true to the darkey's estimate
| "the unsartiu white man," the Rebel cap! u
i was captured at the house of his affiane
j He was conducted nearly to Belle Pin
when he made his escape from our w r
out men and steeds.
' After the death of Booth his body un
placed in a cart and conveyed across;
Belle Plain to the steamer Ides, which),
awaited the return of the party. Itarriv-.
there at 8 o'clock last night.
The two Garretts, who were two par-it*
soldiers of Lee, and had just returned lioa
were brought up as prisoners also. Harr
"> was tied to one of the saddles andemp.
to march all the way. The raptured 1!-.-'-
captain was mounted, and thus effected ■ ■
The boat arrived at the Navy-Yard
about 1 o'clock this morning. llarnd.lt
the body of Booth were safely lodged
the gunh oat, and the Garretts placed
the Old Capitol. The news of Booth's en
tare was telegraphed up from Alexandr
at 5 o'clock last evening. Sergt. C>rW
having ridden the entire distance of war'
40 miles in about four hours upon tiiatp
he is so desirous of retaining as his privy
property after the war is over.
Surgeon-Gen. Barnes held an uut t
upon Booth's body this afternoon,
smaller bone ofhis left leg was badlv ::
tured, one of the stnallerjarteries rupture
and the leg badly swollen. The lallenta
the left side of the upper section of tin-no
passing out on the opposite side.
He had $lO5 in greenbacks and sn:.!:; ,
Canadian bids of exchange, dated !*■'• *
October, llis hair was badly matted :
clothing soiled, and the hotly* looked in
like that of some dirt bearer than o:
whilom fop. It has not vet been disp *
Harrold says he was outside the the 1 -'
oil horsebeck awaiting Booth's coming
the night of the assassination, that s
how Booth got out and passed him with
his seeing him, and that he galloped !■
1 miles across Anacosta Bridge bef.m
lie says Booth injured his leg by
ing on the stage, and not by falling of.
horse, as has been stated ; that they
ged their intended course, and rode dir.-
ly to the house of Br. Mudge, near !
. Tobacco, to have it cared for ; that tin'
secreted themselves thereabouts seven
days saw our scouts pass and repass, -
finally got across the Potomac ly pay' •
S3OO for an old scow ; that Booth ha-'
use crutches, and that when thev rea."' 1 " ;
the west bank of the Potomac they
dentally met the two Confederate officers'"
a two horse wagon, who took them ;,s !'
as Garrett's house on their road to L m ' s
Harrold is a weak, trifling boy of an;
aud his statements are known to l>e pa
true and partly false. It is believed li.' tt
make a full confession.
Nearly all the leading eonspira
in the great Washington assassination P !
have now been arrested, and the invest -
tionof the affair is being proceeded i
but the tacts elicited cannot be given
the miblic until all those implicated ar
custody and the matter has been thorn".- ••
#a£"The Governor has issued a P r ' 1
1 rnation, requesting the people of PennY
i vania to observe Thursday, May 2Mh,
day ol humiliation and mourning. h )r
death of the lamented President L ,IU
I in conformity with the proclamation of
present chief magistrate of the nation.