Atzerodt's statement to Rev. Butler

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Atzerodt's statement to Rev. Butler - DYING STATEMENT OF ATZERODT. During the morning...
DYING STATEMENT OF ATZERODT. During the morning a female friend or sister of Atzerodt, lrom Port Tobacco, had an interview interview with him, she leaving him about eleven o'clock. He during the morning freely conversed conversed with Dr. Butler and Mr. Winchester on religious topics, and before going to the gallows he made the following statement: He took a room at the Kirkwood House on Thursday, in order to get a pass from VicePresident VicePresident Johnson to go to Richmond. Booth was to lease the Richmond Theatre and the President was to be invited to attend it when visiting Richmond and captured there. Herold brought the pistol and knife to the room about :2% o'clock on Friday. He (Atzerodt) said he would not have anything to do with the murder murder of Johnson, when Booth said that Herold had more courage than Atzerodt aud he wanted Atzerodt to be with Herold to urge him to do it. There was a meeting at a restaurant about the middle of March, at which John Surratt, O'Laughliu, Booth, Arnold, Payne, Herold and himself were present, when a plan to capture capture the President was discussed. They had heard the President was to visit a camp, and they proposed to capture him, coach and all; drive through Long Old Fields to "T. B.," where the coarh was to be left, and fresh horses were to be got, and the party would proceed to the river to take a boat. Herold took a buggy to "T. B.," in anticipation that Mr. Lincoln would be captured, and he was to go with the party to the river. Slavery had put him on the side of the South; he had heard it preached in church that the curse of God was upon the slaves, for they were turned black. He always hated the nigger, and he felt that they (the negroes) should be kept in ignorance. He had not received any money from Booth, although he bad been promised that if they were successful they should never want; that they would be honored throughout the Sorth and that they could secure an exchange of prisoners and the recognition of the Confederacy. Confederacy. As soon as Atzerodt was informed of his sentence sentence he betook himself to prepare to meet his God and at once sent for a Lutheran minister, and Dr. Butler was called. He expressed surprise surprise that more time was not allowed him, and just previous to his being led out to the scaffold expressed himself as not quite sure of having made his peace with God.

Clipped from Evening Star07 Jul 1865, FriPage 3

Evening Star (Washington, District of Columbia)07 Jul 1865, FriPage 3
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