Later — Official Dispatch. Lincoln's Assassination.


Springfield, Saturday Evening, April 15, 1865.


Major General Dix:

This evening at about 9:30 P.M., at Ford's Theater, the president, while sitting in his private box with Mrs. Lincoln, Mrs. Harris, and Major Rathburne, was shot by an assassin who suddenly entered the box, and approached behind the president. The assassin then leaped upon the stage, brandishing a large dagger or knife, and made his escape in the rear of the theater.

The pistol entered the back of the president's head and penetrated nearly through the head. The wound is mortal. The president has been insensible ever since it was inflicted, and is now about dying.

At about the same hour an assassin, whether the same or not, entered Mrs. Seward's apartments, and under pretense of having a prescription, was shown to the secretary's sick chamber. The assassin immediately rushed to the bed and inflicted two or three stabs on the throat and two on the face. It is hoped the wounds may not be mortal. My apprehension is that they will prove fatal.

The nurse alarmed Mr. Fred. Seward, who was in an adjoining room, who hastened to the door of his father's room, where he met the assassin, who inflicted upon him one or more dangerous wounds. The recovery of Fred. Seward is doubtful. It is not probable that the president will live through the night. General Grant and wife were advertised to be at the theater this evening, but started to Burlington at 6 o'clock this evening.

At a cabinet meeting at which Gen. Grant was present, the subject of the state of the country and the prospect of a speedy peace was discussed. The president was very cheerful and hopeful, and spoke very kindly of Gen. Lee and others of the confederacy, and of the establishment of government in Virginia.

All the members of the cabinet, except Mr. Seward, are now in attendance upon the president. I have seen Mr. Seward, but he and Frederick were both unconscious.