Rare albumen photograph of Captain Edward P. Doherty, in Uniform, taken by famous Civil War photographer Mathew Brady.This image is on the original mount of what is referred to as an oversized CDV (Carte De Visite). The card size is 3" x 5".
The identification on the front is period script and reads Capt. Cavalry, Captor of Wilkes Booth. 16th New York Calvary that caught Lincoln's Assassin, John Wilkes Booth and Booth's Associate, David E. Only through Doherty's persistence was Booth tracked down and found in a.
Tobacco barn at the farm of Richard H. Gave the orders for his men to surround the Barn and for Booth to surrender. So, the barn was set on fire to flush him out. One of Doherty's men, Boston Corbett, had been watching Booth through a crack in the burning barn and shot Booth because he saw Booth raise his carbine and thought he would do harm to our men... For his service in the capture of Lincoln's assassin.The 16th New York Cavalry was merged with the 13th New York Cavalry forming the 3rd Regiment New York Provisional Cavalry on June 23, 1865, which was then mustered out on September 21, 1865. Albumens of Doherty very rarely come up for sale. Please see the following summary from Doherty's first-hand account to his superiors after the capture of Booth and Herold. After midnight we went back to the house of Mr. Garrett, about twelve miles from Bowling Green.
I ordered my command to surround the house, and, as a precautionary measure, sent six men in rear of the barn and outbuildings. Garrett, who was much excited said the men who had been there went to the woods the previous evening. Garrett came in, advising the father to tell where they were. I seized this man by the collar, and pulled him out of the door and down the steps, put my revolver to his head and told him to tell me at once where the two assassins were; he replied, in the barn.
We started on the run for the barn, I holding him by the collar, calling on my men to follow me and surround more closely the building I should indicate. On arriving at the barn I posted my men around it.
Booth, however, refused to surrender. The detectives were in favor of firing the barn, which I opposed, declaring my intention to wait until daylight and I would send my men through the four different doors and overpower the assassin. In the meantime considerable conversation took place concerning the surrender of Booth between Mr. Baker, myself, and the assassin.
Booth all this time was very defiant and refused to surrender. Booth up to this time had denied there was anyone in the barn besides himself. We threatened to burn the barn if he did not surrender; at one time gave him ten minutes to make up his mind. Finally, Booth said, "Oh; Captain, there is a man here who wants to surrender awful bad:" I answered Hand out your arms.
" Herold replied, "I have none. " Booth replied, "I own all the arms, and intend to use them on you gentlemen. " After some parley I said, "Let him out. I ordered Garrett, the younger son, who had the key, to unlock the barn. I partially opened the door, and told Herold to put out his hand.
I then told him to put [out] his other hand. I took hold of both his wrists and pulled him out of the barn. Almost simultaneous with my taking Herold out of the barn the hay in the rear of the barn was ignited by Mr. Conger, and the barn fired. Boston Corbett, Company L, Sixteenth New York Cavalry, shot the assassin Booth, wounding him in the neck.
I entered the barn as soon as the shot was fired, dragging Herold with me, and found that Booth had fallen on his back. Conger and Baker, with some of my men, entered the barn and took hold of Booth. The assassin Booth lived about two hours.I procured a wagon, sewed up the body in a blanket myself, and placed it in the wagon. I then proceeded to Port Royal, where we arrived at 9 a. April 26, 1865, and crossed the river in a scow.
The body of the assassin Booth was placed on board the steamer John S. Ide, and we proceeded to Washington, where I delivered over the body of Booth, Herold, and the two Garretts to Col. The 27th day of April, 1865. The command consisted of twenty-six enlisted men of the Sixteenth New York Cavalry, and myself, the two gentlemen, Messrs.
Conger and Baker, sent by Colonel Baker, making a total in all of twenty-nine men. I would say that great credit is due to all concerned for the fortitude and eagerness they displayed in pursuing and arresting the murderers. For nearly sixty hours hardly an eye was closed or a horse dismounted until the errand was accomplished.In conclusion I beg to state that it has afforded my command and myself inexpressible pleasure to be the humble instruments of capturing the foul assassins who caused the death of our beloved President and plunged the nation in mourning. All of which is respectfully submitted. Sixteenth New York Cavalry, Comdg. This item is in the category "Collectibles\Militaria\Civil War (1861-65)\Original Period Items\Photographs".
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