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Civil War Harper's Weekly, October 21, 1865

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VOL. IX.óNo. 460.]

NEW YORK, SATURDAY, OCTOBER 21, 1865.

SINGLE COPIES TEN CENTS.

$4.00 PER YEAR IN ADVANCE.

Entered according to Act of Congress, in the Year 1865, by Harper & Brothers, in the Clerk's Office of the District Court for the Southern District of New York.


DR. MUDD'S ATTEMPT TO ESCAPE
FROM DRY TORTUGAS.

WHEN Dr. MUDD, one of the conspirators to assassinate President LINCOLN, was carried to the Dry Tortugas, he gave the Government officers due notice that he should escape if possible. He was al-lowed great liberties, and on the 25th ult. he made an attempt to escape by concealing himself in a cannon on the steamer Thomas A. Scott, which was lying at the wharf, waiting for the embarkation of the One Hundred and Sixty-first New York Volunteers. Information was immediately given, and after a careful search Lieutenant ARTHUR G. TARPAN discovered the Doctor in the position indicated by our artist, who was one of the passengers on the steamer Scott.

THE WIRZ TRIAL.

WE give on this page an illustration of the WIRZ trial going on at Washington, which portrays a more recent phase of the trial than a former engraving printed in the Weekly relating to that subject. As our readers know, Captain WIRZ has during the progress of the trial become quite ill, so that on some days the Commission were under the necessity of adjourning; and when he has been well enough to be present, his indisposition has compelled him to recline on a lounge. "Captain WIRZ,"-says our artist, " keeps in the position rep-resented in the sketch all day long, excepting when he clutches his bottle of stimulants, or when he is 'led to his cell by the officer of the guard."

The case for the prosecution has been closed, and the case for the defense is progressing very slowly

indeed. The facts which have been sworn to by the witnesses for the prosecution can not be disputed ; the only question to be settled is one regarding WIRZ'S responsibility for his diabolical acts. In any case, a stain rests upon the military record of the late rebellion which neither tears nor repentance can quite wash out. Andersonville forms an important chapter in the history of the war.

AMERICAN UNION COMMISSION.

WE publish an engraving on page 661. illustrating the celebration of the last Fourth of July at Richmond by the American Union Commission. The tent of the Commission was spread upon the park surrounding the State buildings. It was a great day for the colored population of the city of

Richmond, who had never had an Independence Day before.

The American Union Commission is the continuation, in some sort, of the Christian Commission,-and is an organization entirely independent of the Freedmen's Bureau or the Freedmen's Society. Its purpose is to aid and cooperate with the people in those portions of the South which have been desolated and impoverished by the war, in the restoration of their civil and social condition upon the basis of industry, education, freedom, and Christian morality. In the prosecution of this purpose it con-templates the relief of poverty and distress, the encouragement of a healthful emigration, and of a patriotic devotion to the Union.

The Commission recognizes no distinctions of caste or color. It includes leading men of all denominations its organization. It embraces Commissions organized in the cities of New York, Boston, Baltimore, Chicago, Cincinnati, Nashville, Richmond, and other points united in one national board. It has the sanction of the National Government, and receives transportation and other facilities from the War Department.

The labors of the Commission at Richmond alone may be stated as follows: ninety thousand rations of flour have been distributed, seventy-five thousand rations of soup, eight thousand papers of garden seeds, and one hundred and fifty farming implements. Besides these, many delicacies have been given to the sick, for whom has been procured also careful medical attendance. Two hundred and fifty children have been supplied with school instruction, and thousands of books and papers have been gratuitously distributed. At other points in the South the Commission can show a record which will commend it to every philanthropist.

LIEUT. TAPPAN DISCOVERING DR. MUDD IN THE HOLD OF THE STEAMER "THOMAS A. SCOTT."
[SKETCHED BY A PASSENGER ON BOARD THE "SCOTT." ]

TRIAL OF CAPTAIN WIRZ ANDERSONVILLE JAILER, IN THE COURT OF CLAIMS, WASHINGTON, D. C. -[SKETCHED BY JOS. HANSHEW.]

Picture
Doctor Mudd Escape
Captain Wirz

 

 

  

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