08-17-1865: Provost Marshal L.C. Baker's Letter Warning of Attempt to Free Dr. Samuel Mudd.
Source: The Life of Dr. Samuel A. Mudd, 1906, by Nettie Mudd.
Louisville, Ky., August 17, 1865, 9 A. M.
Hon. T. T. Echert, Actg. Asst. Sec. of War:
I have important papers. I think the commanding officer at the Dry Tortugas should be put on his guard against an attempt to rescue the State prisoners in his charge. A company is organizing in New Orleans for that purpose. I have all the facts from a reliable source.
(Signed) L. C. BAKER, Br. Gen’l Pro. Mar. War Dept.
A true copy:
A. G. Office, Aug. 17, 1865.
E. D. TOWNSEND, Asst. Adj.-Gen.