04-22-1865: Colonel Burnett's Order to Bring Dr. Samuel Mudd to Washington.
Source: U.S. National Archives Microfilm M-599.
As soon as Colonel Henry L. Burnett received Colonel Wells' report and Dr. Mudd's statement, he ordered that Dr. Mudd, his family, and farm workers all be brought to Washington and held securely. Dr. Mudd and some of his farm workers were brought to the Old Capitol Prison in Washington, but Mrs. Mudd and her house servants were not, probably because they were needed at the farm to take care of the small Mudd children. John Best, the Englishman, was also not brought to Washington, reason unknown.
War Dept. Washington City, Apr 22, 1865
Col. J.A. Foster
Judge Adv. Etc.
The Secy of War directs that you will collate and send to me at once:
1st. All the evidence touching the horses rode by Booth and Paine.
2nd. The crossing the bridge from Washington by any person connected with the assassination.
3rd. Collate and forward to me at once all facts in reference to Booth's connection with the murder and his escape.
4th. Send forthwith a sufficient cavalry force to bring Dr. Mudd and family to this city at once and report to me on their arrival. Take the necessary precautions to bring safely and hold securely after their arrival.
5th. Bring the Negroes and Englishman referred to in Col. Wells' letter from Bryantown of the 22nd inst.
Very Respy, Your Obt Svt.