- Dates: 1867/04/15
The Case of Dr. Mudd
The Baltimore Gazette publishes the following statement, verrified by the affidavit of a man name HENRY, who swears to its truth and mentions one HUNTER as the member of the Commission referred to:
“DEAR SIR: In Washington, on Friday last, I met an old acquaintance, one of the highest in military rank of the late ‘Commission,’ & c. He thus spoke to me:
The Court never believe that Dr. MUDD knew anything about BOOTH’S designs. BOOTH made him a tool as he had done with others. Dr. MUDD was the victim of his own timidity. Had he acknowledged to the soldiers whom he saw in search of BOOTH, (the day after the assassination), that BOOTH had got his leg set at his house and went off, and had he, like a man, come out and said he knew BOOTH, instead of flatly denying it in the Court, he would have had little trouble.
More of similar purport was said, but the points are included in the above.
As I do not know Dr. MUDD or any of his relatives, it will be plain, I hope, that this statement is made solely with the view that it may be acceptable to some of his friends.”
The Commission probably regarded the concealment by Dr. MUDD of BOOTH and his accomplices in the murder of Mr. LINCOLN, as making him an accessory after the fact. The proclamation issued by the Government declared that whoever should aid the assassins to escape, or prevent their apprehension, should be treated as accomplices in their guilt.
SOURCE: New York Times Apr. 15, 1867
- Dates: n. d.
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- Mudd, Samuel Alexander, The life of Dr. Samuel A. Mudd / containing his letters from Fort Jefferson, Dry Tortugas Island, where he was imprisoned four years for alleged complicity in the assassination of Abraham Lincoln. New York and Washington: The Neale publishing company.