Letter from Apr. 16, 1865

Telegram of James Taylor

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    Contemporary copy of telegram of James Taylor, Adj. Master Comdg., Guard Vessel off Alexandria, to Hon. Gideon Welles, Sec. of the Navy, Washington, D.C., April 16, 1865

  • Description

    States, "In the absence of Commander F. A. Parker, Comdg. Potomac Flotilla, I address myself to you direct. By orders from Asst. Sec. of War Genl. Halleck, the military authorities of this place are ordered to stop all vessels from going Down the River, and by request of Military Commander here I have co-operated and so far as was desired detained certain vessels. I respectfully ask for instructions in this matter from you. . . ." Refers to the hunt for John Wilkes Booth after the assassination of President Lincoln.

  • Source

    Missouri History Museum

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    This item is in the public domain.

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    Taylor, James. "Contemporary copy of telegram of James Taylor, Adj. Master Comdg., Guard Vessel off Alexandria, to Hon. Gideon Welles, Sec. of the Navy, Washington, D.C., April 16, 1865". Remembering Lincoln. Web. Accessed July 19, 2019. https://rememberinglincoln.fords.org/node/344