April 15 1865 - Assassination of the President and Secretary of State
The Herald and Torch Light
HAGERSTOWN, APRIL 15, 1865.
ASSASSINATION OF THE PRESIDENT AND THE SECRETARY OF STATE!
Washington, April 15.
President Lincoln was shot last night, and died this morning at 7 30!
He was at Ford’s Theatre, in company with his wife and Miss Harris, and while seated in his private box, was shot by a man who entered the Box. The shot entered the back of his head and lodged near the forehead.
The assassin then jumped on the stage, flourished a knife, and then escaped out the back way. About the same time, a man called at Mr. Seward’s residence, and, under pretense of having a prescription for him, gained access to his chamber, when he stabbed him several times, and in going out attacked Secretary Seward’s son, Frederick, stabbing him seriously.
It is not known whether it was the same man who shot President Lincoln.
Both the Sewards were unconscious last night.
WASHINGTON, April 15,
President Lincoln died this morning at 7,30. Maj. Gen. Augur Dept. of Washington has offered a reward of TEN THOUSAND DOLLARS to the party or parties arresting the murderer of the President and the assassin of Secretary Seward and Son. This morning at 6 o'clock, no change in the condition of Sec’ry Seward. The Chronicle says a letter found in J. Wilkes Booth's trunk identifies him as the murderer,
PHILADELPHIA, April 15.—Martial Law was declared in Baltimore, this morning.
Secretary Seward died this morning, at 9 45.
Booth was captured near Fort Hastings, out of Washington, this morning.
Later-Secretary Seward Not Dead.
2 O’CLOCK P. M.—A telegram has just been received, stating that Secretary Seward is not dead. His condition is improving, but his son is sinking.
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