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chance, but for some unknown reason it was not carried into effect until

last night. One of them has evidently made his way to Baltimore; the other has

not yet been traced. Edwin M. STANToN, Secretary of War.

WAR DEPARTMENT, WASHINGTON, April 15, 1865.

To Major-General Dix, New York:
Abraham Lincoln died this morning at twenty-two minutes after

seven o'clock.
Edwin M. STANToN, Secretary of War.

THE DEATH-BED.
Unofficial Account of the last Moments of the President.

At twenty minutes past seven 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 was dead until the gradually decreasing respirittion ceased altogether.

The 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, Captain Robert Lincoln, Mr. 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 the night:—

11 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 o'clock, pulse 48, respiration 22.

12.15 o'clock, pulse 48, respiration 21.

Ecchymosis both eyes.

12.30 o'clock, pulse 45.

12.32 o'clock, pulse 60.

12.35 o'clock, pulse 66.

12.40 o'clock, pulse 69, right eye much swollen, and ecchymosis

12.45 o'clock, pulse 70.

12.55 o'clock, pulse 80, struggling motion of arms.

1 o'clock, pulse 86, respiration 30.

1.30 o'clock, pulse 95, appearing easier.

1.45 o'clock, pulse 86, very quiet, respiration irregular, Mrs. Lincoln

present.

2.10 o'clock, Mrs. Lincoln retired with Robert Lincoln to an adjoining to Oin. 2.30 o'clock, President very quiet, pulse 54, respiration 28. 2.52 o'clock, pulse 48, respiration 30. 3 o'clock, visited again by Mrs. Lincoln. 3.25 o'clock, respiration 24, and regular. 3.35 o'clock, prayer by Rev. Dr. Gurley. 4 o'clock, respiration 26, and regular. 4.15 o'clock, pulse 60, respiration 25. 5.50 o'clock, respiration 28, regular. 6 o' clock, pulse failing, respiration 28. 6.30 o'clock, still failing, and labored breathing. 7 o’clock, symptoms of immediate dissolution. 7.22 o'clock, death. Surrounding the death-bed of the President were Vice-President Johnson; Secretaries Stanton, Welles, McCulloch, and Usher; Postmaster. General Dennison and Attorney-General Speed ; Generals Halleck, Meigs, Farnsworth, Augur, and Todd; Senator Summer: Rev. Dr. Gurley; Speaker Colfax; Ex-Governor Farwell; Judge Carter, Judge Otto; Surgeon-General Barnes; Doctors Crane, Stone, Abbott, and Hall; M. B. Field and R. F. Andrews.

WAR DEPARTMENT, WARHINgron, April 15, 3 p. x.

Major-General Dix, New York:

Official notice of the death of the late President, Abraham Lincoln, was given by the heads of departments this morning to Andrew Johnson, Vice-President, upon whom the Constitution devolved the office of Presi. dent. Mr. Johnson, upon receiving this notice, appeared before the Hon. Salmon P. Chase, Chief-Justice of the United States, and took the oath of office as President of the United States, and assumed its duties and functions. At twelve o'clock the President met the heads of departments in Cabinet meeting at the Treasury building, and among other business the following was transacted:— First. The arrangements for the funeral of the late President were referred to the several secretaries, as far as relates to their respective departments. Second. William Hunter, Esq., was appointed Acting Secretary of State during the disability of Mr. Seward and his son, Frederick Seward, the Assistant Secretary. Third. The President formally announced that he desired to retain the present secretaries of departments of his Cabinet, and they would go on and discharge their respective duties in the same manner as before the memorable event that had changed the head of the Government. All business in the departments was suspended during the day. The surgeons report that the condition of Mr. Seward remains unchanged. He is doing well. No improvement in Mr. Frederick Seward. The murderers have not yet been apprehended. Edwin M. STANToN, Secretary of War.

THE ASSASSINS.

Circular from the Procost-Marshal General.

WAR DEPARTMENT, Provost-Marshal. GENERAL's Bursau,
WAsitingtoN, D.C., April 15, 9.40 A.M.

It is believed that the assassins of the President and Secretary Seward are attempting to escape to Canada. You will make a careful and thor. ough examination of all persons attempting to cross from the United States into Canada, and will arrest 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 you to-day; but in the mean time be active in preventing the crossing of any suspicious persons. By order of the SECRETARY of WAR. N. L. JEFFERs, Brevet Brigadier-General, Acting Provost-Marshal General. REWARD OFFERED BY SECRETARY stanTON. WAR DEPARTMENT, WAshingtoN, April 20, 1865. Major-General John A. Dix, New York: The murderer of our late beloved President, Abraham Lincoln, is still at large. Fifty thousand dollars reward will be paid by this Department for his apprehension in addition to any reward offered by municipal authorities or State Executives. Twenty-five thousand dollars reward will be paid for the apprehension of G. A. Atzerot, sometimes called “Port Tobacco,” one of Booth's accomplices. Twenty-five thousand dollars reward will be paid for the apprehension of David C. Harold, auother of Booth's accomplices. A liberal reward will be paid for any information that shall conduce to the arrest of either the above-named criminals or their accomplices. All persons harboring or secreting the said persons, or either of them, or aiding or assisting their concealment or escape, will be treated as accomplices in the murder of the President and the attempted assassination of the Secretary of State, and shall be subject to trial before a military commission and the punishment of death. Let the stain of innocent blood be removed from the land by the arrest and punishment of the murderers. All good citizens are exhorted to aid public justice on this occasion. Every man should consider his own conscience charged with this solemn duty, and rest neither night nor day until it be accomplished. Edwin M. STANToN, Secretary of War.

FLIGHT OF THE ASSASSINS.
WAR DEPARTMENT, WAshingtoN, April 22.

Major-General John A. Dix, New York:

The counties of Prince George, Charles, and St. Mary's have, during the whole war, been noted for hostility to the Government, and its protection to rebel blockade-runners, rebel spies, and every species of public enemy; the murderers of the President harbored there before the murder and Booth fled in that direction. If he escapes it will be owing to rebel accomplices in that direction.

The military commander of the department will surely take measures to bring these rebel sympathizers and accomplices in murder to a sense of their criminal conduct. EDw1N M. STANToN, Secretary of War.

THE CONSPIRACY ORGANIZED IN CANADA. WAR DEPARTMENT, WAs.IIINgtoN, April 24, 1865. Major-General John A. Dix, New York: This Department has information that the President's murder was organized in Canada, and approved at Richmond. One of the assassins, now in prison, who attempted to kill Mr. Seward, is believed to be one of the St. Albans raiders. Edwin M. STANToN, Secretary of War.

BOOTh KILLED-HAROLD CAPTUREI).

WAR DEPARTMENT, WAshingtoN, April 19, 1s". 1 r. v. Major-General Dix, New York:

J. Wilkes Booth and Harold were chased from the swamp in St. Mary's County, Maryland, to Garrett's farm, near Port Royal, on the Rappahannock, by Colonel Baker's forces. The barn in which they took refuge was fired. Booth, in making his escape, was shot through the head and killed, lingering about three hours, and Harold was captured. Booth's body and Harold are now here. Edwin M. STANToN, Secretary of War.

REWARD OFFERED BY PRESIDENT JOHNSON.
By the President of the United States of America,
A PROCLAMATION.

Whereas, It appears from the evidence in the bureau of military justico that the atrocious murder of the late President Abraham Lincoln, and the attempted assassination of the Hon. W. H. Seward, Secretary of State, were incited, concerted, and procured by and between Jefferson Davis, late of Richmond, Va., and Jacob Thompson, Clement C. Clay Beverly Tucker, George N. Saunders, W. C. Cleary, and other rebels aii traitors against the Government of the United States, harbored in Canada: now, therefore, to the end that justice may be done, I, Andrew Johnson, President of the United States, do offer and promise for the arrest of said persons, or either of them, within the limits of the United States, so that they can be brought to trial, the following rewards: One hundred thousand dollars for the arrest of Jefferson Davis; twenty-five thousand dollars for the arrest of Cloelent C. Clay; twenty-five thousand dollars for the arrest of Jacob Thompson, late of Mississippi; twenty-five thousand dollars for the arrest of George N. Saunders; twenty-five thousand dollars for the arrest of Beverly Tucker, and ten thousand dollars for the arrest of William C. Cleary, late clerk of Clement C. Clay. The Provost-Marshal General of the United States is directed to cause a description of said persons, with notice of the above rewards, to be published. In testimony whereof, I have hereunto set my hand and caused the seal of the United States to be affixed. Done at the City of Washington, the second day of May, in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and sixty-five, and of [L. s.] the * of the United States of America the eightyninth. By the President: ANDREw Johnson.

W. Hunter, Acting Secretary of State.

THE FUNERAL. "

WAR DEPARTMENT, WASHINgrox, Wednesday, April 17, 1 p. v. Major-General Dix: The arrangements for conveying the President's remains to Spring. field, Illinois, have been changed this morning. They will go direct from Washington to Philadelphia, Harrisburg, Pittsburg, Fort Wayne, and thence to Springfield. Edwin M. STANToN, Secretary of War.

second dispatch. WAR DEPARTMENT, WAsmington, April 19, 1865, 11 P. M.

Major-General John A. Dix New York:

It has been finally concluded to conform to the original arrangements made yesterday for the conveyance of the remains of the late President, Abraham Lincoln, from Washington to Springfield, viz.: By way of Baltimore, Harrisburg, Philadelphia, New York, Albany, Buffalo, Cleveland, Columbus, Indianapolis, and Chicago, to Springfield. Edwin M. STANToN, Secretary of War.

OFFICIAL ANNOUNCEMENTs.

Washington, April 15, 1865. To J. C. DERBY, United States Dispatch Agent, New York: Send a copy of the following to Mr. Adams at London by the steamer of to-day, if in time:– CHARLEs FRANCIs ADAMs, &c., &c.: The sad duty devolves upon me to announce the assassination of the President, at Ford's Theatre, last night, by a pistol-shot from a person who entered his box for the purpose. The assassin escaped, but it is supposed has since been arrested. The President died at half-past seven o'clock this morning. Vice-President Johnson has assumed the functions of President, having been sworn in by the Chief-Justice. About the same time an attempt was made by, it is believed, a different person, to assassinate Mr. Seward; but the murderer only succeeded in inflicting painful and severe wounds, principally upon his face. Mr. F. W. Seward was beaten over the head with a heavy weapon in . the hands of the person who attacked his father, and is grievously hurt. His brother was also wounded by the dagger of the assassin, as was Mr. Hansell, a messenger of the department, who was with the Secretary, and the male nurse in attendance. WILLIAM HUNTER, Acting Secretary of State. [The above telegraphic dispatch was sent off by the Portland steamer at three P. M. on Saturday, April 15.]

ACTING SECRETARY HUNTER TO HIS SUBORDINATES.

DEPARTMENT or STATE, W AshingtoN, April 17, 1865. lt it hereby ordered that, in honor of the memory of our late illustrious Chief Magistrate, all officers and others subject to the orders of the Secretary of State, wear crape upon the left arm for the period of six

months. W. Hu NTER, Acting Secretary.

orders FROM SECRETARY STANTON AND GENERAL Grant.

WAR DepartMENT, Adjutant-GENERAL's orrior,
WashingtoN, April 16, 1865. }

GENERAL ORDERs, No. 66.—The following order of the Secretary of War announces to the armies of the United States the untimely and lamentable death of the illustrious Abraham Lincoln, late President of the United States:— WAR DEPARTMENT, WAsHINgtoN, April 16, 1865. The distressing duty has devolved upon the Secretary of War to announce to the armies of the United States, that at twenty-two minutes

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