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Andrew Johnson, Proclamation, Reward for the Conspirators, Washington, D.C.

Andrew Johnson, detail
The Union press had from the beginning suspected the involvement in the assassination of President Lincoln of Confederate agents sheltered in Canada. The incident at St. Albans and the attempted arson of New York City in 1864 had fueled that speculation. Johnson's proclamation named explicitly former Confederate president Jefferson Davis, former Confederate Senator from Alabama, Clement C. Clay, Junior, and former United States Secretary of the Treasury under Buchanan and Confederate diplomat to Canada Jacob Thompson, the former two heavily involved in the Confederate Secret Service, as well as others. Davis was captured eight days later. Clay and his wife spent a year in custody before being freed. Thompson escaped to England and then Canada before later returning home to Memphis, Tennessee. (By John Osborne)


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