Letter from Apr. 16, 1865

Telegram of Gideon Welles

  • Full Title

    Contemporary copy of telegram of Gideon Welles, Secy. Navy, Navy Department, Washington City, to Rear Admiral Porter [David D. Porter], or the senior naval officer at Hampton Roads, April 16, 1865

  • Description

    States, "To prevent the escape of the assassins who killed the President and attempted the life of the Secretary of State, search every vessel that arrives down the Bay. Permit no vessel to go to sea without such search, and arrest and send to Washington any suspicious person. . . ." Refers to the hunt for John Wilkes Booth after the assassination of President Lincoln.

  • Source

    Missouri History Museum

  • Rights

    This item is in the public domain.

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  • Cite this Item

    Welles, Gideon, 1802-1878. "Contemporary copy of telegram of Gideon Welles, Secy. Navy, Navy Department, Washington City, to Rear Admiral Porter [David D. Porter], or the senior naval officer at Hampton Roads, April 16, 1865". Remembering Lincoln. Web. Accessed August 15, 2018. http://rememberinglincoln.fords.org/node/341