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Civil War Harper's Weekly, August 26, 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.
GEORGE N. SANDERS.
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
Davis. He is between forty-five and fifty years of age, and has been for many
years engaged in visionary
political schemes. Under PIERCE
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
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
remarks, that the "dangerous fellows"
thieves who had designs on SANDERS'S
or Confederate gold chest.
HORSE-RACING AT SARATOGA.
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.
THE ASSASSINS AT FORT
who were condemned to imprisonment
arrived at Dry Tortugas in the United States
on the 25th of July. The prisoners when they went on board the
were ignorant of the altered destination of their journey, still supposing that
they were to be confined in the Penitentiary at
great disappointment at the change, but it is not unlikely that their
confinement at Tortugas will be far more pleasant than would their incarceration
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 N. SANDERS
KENT, THE MIDNIGHT MURDERESS. [SEE PAGE 535.]