Assassination of President Lincoln.
Washington, April 15, 1865.
Abraham Lincoln died this a. m. at 22 minutes past 7 o’clock.
E. M. Stanton.
Chicago, April 15, 1865.
President Lincoln was shot through the head last night at Ford’s theatre, and died this A. M. The assassin is supposed to be J. Wilkes Booth, the actor. About the same time a desperado called at Secretary Seward’s, pretending to be a messenger from his physician. Being refused admittance he attacked Fred. Seward, son of the Secretary, knocking him down, then passing passing on to the Secretary’s room, when after cutting down two male attendants, he cut Mr. Seward’s throat. The wound was not at last accounts considered fatal.
Letters found in Booth’s trunk show that this assassination was contemplated before the 4th of March, but fell through from some cause. The wildest excitement prevails at Washington about the President’s house. The residences of the different Secretaries are closely guarded.
Later. – Sec’y Seward remains without change. Fred Seward’s skull is fractured in two places besides severe cuts on the head. The attendants are still alive but hopeless. Maj. Seward’s wounds are not dangerous. It is ascertained certainly that two assassins were engaged in the horrible crime.
Wilkes Boothe being the one that shot the President. The names of his companions are not known, but their descriptives are given.
Papers found in Boothe’s trunk show that the murder was planned before the 4th of March, but fell through then because the accomplice backed out until Richmond could be heard from – Boothe and his accomplices leaving.
Boothe and his accomplices were at the livery stable at 6 o’clock last evening and left there, with three horses, about 10 o’clock, or shortly before that hour. It would seem that they had been running their chances. But the reason it was not carried into effect before last night, is not known. One of them has evidently made his way to Baltimore; the other has not been traced.
E. M. Stanton.