ates 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 comm