In the other case of the fabrication of evidence by some of the authorities in Washington
relative to myself, it will be sufficient here to present what others have said and done.
The subject is noticed in these pages only to show the desperate extremities to which the agents of the government of the United States
proceeded in order to compass my ignominious death.
Three principal measures were resorted to for the accomplishment of this object: the charge in the case of Wirz
, above mentioned; the fabrications in the case now under consideration, and the cruel and inhuman treatment inflicted upon me while a prisoner in Fortress Monroe
At the session of Congress of 1865-‘66, a committee was appointed in the House of Representatives ‘to inquire into and report upon the alleged complicity of Jefferson Davis
with the assassination of the late President Lincoln
,’ or words to that effect.
George S. Boutwell
was chairman of the committee, and the majority of the members were extreme advocates of the war. The charge emanated from the Bureau
of Military Justice
, as it was designated—a similar institution to the ‘Secret Committee’ of the French Revolution
Of this institution Judge Advocate Joseph Holt
was the chief.
After an investigation continuing through several months, a majority of the committee made their report to Congress.
That report not only failed to establish the charge, but the committee were forced to confess in it that the witnesses, on whose testimony Holt had affected to rely, were wholly untrustworthy.
Shortly after this report was presented to the House, Mr. A. J. Rogers, of the committee, a very respectable member from New Jersey, made a minority report.
He asserted that much of the evidence was altogether suppressed, and that the witnesses, who had received large sums of money from Holt for testifying to the criminality of Mr. Davis, recanted their evidence before the committee, and acknowledged that they had perjured themselves by testifying to a mass of falsehoods; that they had been tutored to do so by one S. Conover; and that, from him down through all the miserable list, the very names under which these hired informers were known to the public were as false as the narratives to which they had sworn.1
Much more might be added to show the evil purpose of these men, together with the correspondence of Holt
and his associates, but it would be out of place if it was put in these pages.
Another case of this kind occurred in the state of Ohio