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Civil War Harper's Weekly, August 26, 1865

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VOL. IX:óNo. 452.]




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.



GEORGE N. SANDERS, the notorious rebel who across our northern border has been so long conspiring against the Government, was born in Kentucky, which was also the native State of JEFF Davis. He is between forty-five and fifty years of age, and has been for many years engaged in visionary political schemes. Under PIERCE and BUCHANAN he was happy enough to gain a brief official authority. The former appointed him Navy Agent at New York, and the latter Consul to London. In 1861 he returned to this country and embraced the rebel cause. He was engaged in several schemes for increasing the rebel navy, all of which failed. His supposed connection with the plot to murder President LINCOLN, and with other infamous schemes against the peaceable citizens of the North, is too well known to require any comment. Within the last fortnight his name has again come prominently before the public. It has been reported that some dangerous fellows from the United States have been engaged in a plot for the abduction of the rebel agent. It is probable, however, as the Times remarks, that the "dangerous fellows" were only thieves who had designs on SANDERS'S silver spoons or Confederate gold chest.


THE second annual meeting of the Saratoga Association was the occasion of a series of horse-races the most splendid ever witnessed on this continent. Saratoga was all alive with excitement during the entire week beginning August 7. Every hotel and boarding-house and almost every private house was crowded. Imagine 1200 persons seated at dinner at the Union Hotel, a thousand at Congress Hall, and a proportionate number at the other hotels. The inn-keepers were compelled to use every sort of ingenuity to furnish room to their visitors. Who can estimate the number of bottles of Congress Water drank in Saratoga during this exciting week, or the amount of money won or lost in betting? The weather was as favorable as could have been desired, and the racing was without precedent. We shall not attempt to record the triumphs of that magnificent horse "Kentucky," nor of her extraordinary

companions in glory-proximi sed non secundióbut confine ourselves to one great fact, namely, that no contest of the kind has ever excited in the minds of the lovers of sports of the turf an equal interest with this year's races at Saratoga.


THOSE of the assassins concerned in the murder of President LINCOLN who were condemned to imprisonment arrived at Dry Tortugas in the United States steamer Florida on the 25th of July. The prisoners when they went on board the Florida were ignorant of the altered destination of their journey, still supposing that they were to be confined in the Penitentiary at Albany. They expressed great disappointment at the change, but it is not unlikely that their confinement at Tortugas will be far more pleasant than would their incarceration at Albany.

Fort Jefferson extends over an area of about seven acres, and its guns command the inner harbor. This fort will during the greater part of the time be the prisoners' place of confinement. There are now five hundred and fifty persons confined here, mostly for political offenses. The island on which the fort is situated is thirteen acres in extent, and is barren and covered with sand, without any vegetation. The One Hundred and Tenth New York performs garrison duty, and Colonel HAMILTON at the head of that regiment is commandant of the fort.

The prisoners acknowledged the justice of the sentence which condemned them to punishment, and although they claim that much of the evidence was malicious and false, they consider that, so far as the Government was concerned, they had a perfectly fair trial. It is most certain that in the infliction of its penalties against them the Government treats them far better than they deserve. Dr. Mudd, it is reported, is to act as assistant-surgeon in the fort. ARNOLD is to be made a clerk among the prisoners, and SPANGLER is to return to his trade as a carpenter. SPANGLER, it will be remembered, is the only one of the four who is not imprisoned for life. His term will be completed in six years. Thus begins the last chapter in the history of the assassination.



George Sander's Handwriting
George Sanders
Constance Kent




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