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April 19 1865 - Rebel sympathizer knew of assassination plot

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J. D. Reamer, a prominent rebel sympathizer of this place went to the County Jail on Sunday evening and asked to be locked up as a refuge from a crowd of justly incensed citizens. About the first of March last, Reamer confidentially informed a customer while purchasing goods in his store that one hundred thousand dollars were being raised to secure the assassination of President Lincoln. The assassin was to receive fifty thousand dollars previous to the commission of the deed, and the balance immediately after its perpetration. This was to be before the twelfth day of April.
Affidavits to this effect were made by a man who overheard the information. The deed occurring so near the time set by Reamer, and he being in Baltimore at the date of the occurrence, satisfied those who knew of his declaration that he was in some way implicated in the crime, and an indignant assembly of citizens was ready to give into the hands of justice a man who is certainly as culpable in his wish as the murderer is in act.


Herald & Torch Light

This story was picked up by the Baltimore American, Middletown Register, Havana New York Journal and the Milwaukee News. among others


Collection Location:
Washington County Free Library

Hagerstown (Md.), Newspapers; Maryland, History, Civil War, 1861-1865

Washington County (Md.), 1861-1865

Western Maryland Regional Library
100 South Potomac Street
Hagerstown, Maryland 21740

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