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[46] health, and much worn with the mighty cares and anxieties which had rested upon him for four years.

On the 16th of April, 1865, as soon as he found that Johnston must surrender, he started with resolute will from Greensboroa, N. C., with his family, staff, and some of his cabinet; his avowed object being to join the Confederate forces west of the Mississippi river.

His party was too large for the success of such an undertaking. He was tracked easily by Federal troopers, who, scattered over the States through which his line of march lay, were on the lookout for him; with what intent may be inferred from an order issued by command of General R. H. G. Minty, by F. W. Scott, Captain and Acting Assistant Adjutant-General. It was dated near Macon, Ga., on the 8th of May, 1865, and was addressed to Lieut.-Colonel H. N. Howland, commanding a brigade. The order says:

“You will have every port and ferry on the Ochmulgee and Altamaha rivers, from Hawkinsville to the Ohoopee river, well guarded, and make every effort to capture or kill Jefferson Davis, the rebel ex-President, who is supposed to be endeavoring to cross the Ochmulgee, south of Macon.” (104 War of Rebellion, 665.)

On the 8th of May, Brevet Major-General J. H. Wilson wrote General Upton:

“The President of the United States has issued his proclamation announcing that the Bureau of Military Justice has reported, upon indisputable evidence, that Jefferson Davis, Clement C. Clay, Jacob Thompson, George N. Sanders, Beverley Tucker, and W. C. Cleary, incited and concerted the assassination of Mr. Lincoln, and the attempted assassination of Mr. Seward. He, therefore, offers for the arrest of Davis, Clay, and Thompson $100,000 each; for Sanders and Tucker, $25,000 each; and for Cleary, $10,000. Publish this in hand-bills, circulate everywhere, and urge the greatest possible activity in the pursuit.” (104 War of Rebellion, 665.)

On the next day the same headquarters informs General McCook of these rewards—adding that a reward of $10,000 was also offered for ‘Extra Billy Smith, Rebel Governor of Virginia.’ (104 War of the Rebellion, 683 ) This reward was subsequently increased to $25,000. A very moderate sum for so gallant a gentleman.

General Wilson also wrote General Steedman:


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