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Civil War Harper's Weekly, October 21, 1865
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YORK, SATURDAY, OCTOBER 21, 1865.
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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.
MUDD, one of the conspirators
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
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
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
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
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
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,
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
LIEUT. TAPPAN DISCOVERING DR. MUDD IN THE HOLD OF THE STEAMER
[SKETCHED BY A PASSENGER ON
BOARD THE "SCOTT." ]