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Saturday, June 22, 2013 12:12 AM

Booth’s Accomplice Captured in Delphos

Most Americans are aware of the fact the President Abraham Lincoln was assassinated in 1865, while attending a performance in Ford’s Theatre in Washington, D. C. Scores of suspected accomplices were arrested and thrown in jail, following the murder. However, did you know that one of his accomplices, a man named Carroll, was captured right here in Delphos?

The following news article was carried in the Toledo Blade and The Daily Ohio State Journal (Columbus):

“We learn that Carroll, the man who procured the canoe in which the assassin, Booth, crossed the Potomac River in his flight from Washington, was arrested at Delphos, O., on Tuesday last, by Major Burns, a Government Detective. Major Burns is a cripple, having lost the left leg in the Army, and after the assassination was employed as a detective to assist in ferreting out the guilty parties.

How it happened that he selected Carroll for his “bird” has not transpired. Dressing himself as an indignant soldier, with his crutch and cape and a paper from the government official requesting Provost Marshals along his route of travel to afford the “poor soldier” such assistance as he might need, Maj. Burns started on the pursuit.

He first learned of Carroll at Alexandria, and then slowly but surely followed the tracks until he learned that the accomplice had a relative at or near Delphos, Ohio, when the Major went directly to that place. There his letter of recommendation secured him much attention from those able to lend him pecuniary aid, and enabled him to look about town without exciting suspicion that he had any special business.

After remaining there a few days he caught site of Carroll, and with assistance followed him into a store or saloon, and arrested him. Carroll, taken by surprise was completely overcome. It is stated that he wept bitterly, and wringing his hands exclaimed ‘They will hang me! They will hang me!’ and by other expressions evinced his fear at the approach of justice.

When the gentleman who brought this news to this city, left Delphos, Carroll was in jail at that place awaiting the arrival of a guard to conduct him to Washington, the government having been informed of his arrest.” ———Toledo Blade.

Another item, regarding this incident was found in GenealogyBank, stating:

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——- Last Tuesday evening between 11 and 12 o’clock, Major Bond, a detective from Washington, arrested at Delphos, Ohio, a man by the name of Carroll, of the 3d Virginia Rebel Cavalry, who it is supposed ferried Booth across the Potomac. Carroll, when he saw the Major come into the house, cried out, ‘I am arrested!’ and went into fits. He had relatives living in Delphos.

During a manhunt Booth & Herold were found in a barn. Booth and Herold remained at Garrett’s farm until April 26, when Union soldiers from the 16th New York Cavalry arrived at the farm. The soldiers surrounded the barn, where Booth and Herold had been sleeping, and announced that they would set fire to the barn in fifteen minutes. Herold surrendered, but Booth refused to come out when the soldiers called for his surrender, stating boldly, “I will not be taken alive!” Upon hearing this, the soldiers set fire to the barn. Booth scrambled for the back door, brandishing a rifle in one hand and a pistol in the other. He never fired either weapon.”

The newspapers didn’t always agree on the “details” of a news item. Another Delphos news item from The Cleveland Leader was found on GenealogyBank. It is about the robbery of J. M. C. Marble, of whom Marbletown is named. It follows:

“On the night of the 17th inst., one of the boldest and most daring attempts at a robbery on record was perpetrated at Delphos, Ohio, which but for the superior quality of the safe at the First National Bank, of that place, would have been a success, and caused a heavy loss to the bank.

The circumstances, as we get them from a reliable source, are as follows: About eleven o’clock at night, a party of burglars, eight in number, visited the residence of J. M. C. Marble, cashier, who is boarding with his father-in-law, one and a quarter miles south of Delphos. The key in the front door was turned by means of a nippers, and the old people down stairs secured by three of the villains.

A guard was stationed over them, when the robbers visited Mr. Marble’s rooms, and took from him the keys of the bank safe, with which they proceeded to the town, but returned in the course of a few hours, having been unable to secure an entrance to the safe.

After robbing Mr. Marble of a gold watch and what money he had in his house, the robbers left. The impression is that they were a gang of villains from abroad.”

This was first carried by the Lima Gasette, of Allen County under Northern Ohio News.

I wish to thank Evelyn Martin for locating these news items on GenealogyBank. Viewers can obtain much interesting information on this internet site but it is by subscription.

Last Updated on Saturday, June 22, 2013 12:14 AM

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