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THE NEW SOUTH.
J H. SEARS, Editor and Proprietor. PORT ROYAL, SATURDAY, APRIL 22, 1865 Assassination of President Lincoln and Attempt to take the life of Sec. Seward. 'Hie Fulton arrived Lore last Tuesday afternoon (18th), bringing the startling news of the assassination of President Linco'n, and an attempt upon the life of Secretary Seirant. It has thrown our community into the deepest gloom. The flags all over the islands and on the shipninsr were instantly placed at half-mast. We have only room for a brief summary of the facts from our exchanges. Papers of the loth say : 4 An unlookcd for and terrible calamity Iras befallen the nation. President Lincoln last niglit received a wound at the hands or an assassin," the effects of which the re iren > hopes of his surviving, having been shot while at a theatre witnessing the performance of a play. An attempt was also made, apparently by the same person who shot the President, to take the life M of Secretary Seward. The assassin, after v filing on the President, rnshed in front r of the box occupied by the latter, and, > waving a long dagger which he held in his riirht hand, exclaimed, using the mot . ^ of the State of Virginia, " Sic Semper Ttfrannis/" fle then jumped on the stage, and, amidst the intense excitement which ensued, escaped through the rear of the building. The President was shot through the head. He was immediately removed, and on examining the wound the brain was found to be oozing therefrom. The best surgical skill was instantly summoned; but it was not thought it could bo of any avail towards saving Mr. Lincoln's life. He was still living at an early hoar this morning; but the last, melancholy p a ting scene between himself and family had taken place, and his death was momentarily looked for. The attempt to assassinate Secretary Seward was made at au eariior hour in the evening than the attack on the President The assailant forced his way into the sick chamber where Mr. Seward was confined t > his bed, and, after dealing disabling blows on the attendants, rushed to the bedside and stabbed the Secretary in the neck an 1 breast. He then fled from the house, mounted a horse and eseiped, making u e, as he did so, of the same exclamation used in ihe case of the President's assassination Sic Semper Tyrannis ! " Though the wouuds inflicted on Mr. Seward are not of a mortal character, it is fearad that, owing to his previous deblitatod condition, they may lead to fatal results. The assassin hail not been arrested op to the hour of our latest despatches.? Who he is is not positively known, though s ispicion points strongly to a certain individual." Additional details say the attacks, both at tlje theatre aud at Secretary Seward's house, took place at about the same L >ur?ten o'clock?thus showing a preconcerted plan to assassinate those gen J I tlemen. Some evidence of the gnilt o1 the party who attacked the President are in the possession of the police. ? The person who fired the pistol was a man about thirty years of age, about five feet nine, spare built, fair skin, dark hair, apparently bushy, with a large mustache. Laura Keene and the leader oi the orchestra declare that they recog-f nized him as J. Wilkes Booth, the actor, and a rabid secessionist. Whoever he was, it is plainly evident that he thoroughly understood the theatre and all the approaches and modes of escape to the stage. A person not familiar with the theatre could not have possibly made his escape so well and quickly. The President was in a state ojsyncope, totally insensible, and breathing slowly. The blood oozed from the wound at the back of his head. The surgeons exhausted every possible effort of medicinal skill; but all hope was gone. The parting of his family with the dying President is too sad for description. At midnight the Cabinet, with Messrs. Sumner, Colfax and Farnsworth, Judge Curtis, Governor Oglesby, General Meigs, Colonel Hay, and a few personal friends, with Surgeon General Barnes and his immediate assisants, were around his bedside. There was a rumor current previous to the sailing of the FuMon that J. Wilkes Booth, the assassin, had been captured. The following are Mr. Stanton's last despatches to Maj. Gen. Dix, just previous to the sailing of the Futton: War Department, Washington, Saturday, April 15, 1865,4.10 A. M. To Maj. Gen. Dix: The President continues insensible a^d [is sinking. I Secretary Seward remains without change. Frederick Seward's skull is fractured in two places, besides a severe cut upon the head. The attendant is still alive, but hopeless. Maj. Seward's wound is not dangerous. It is now ascertained with reasonable certainty that two assassins were engaged in the horrible crime, Wilkes Booth being the one that shot the President, and A Af kin mk/\nn IrUO UI/I1CT 0 UUUipOUlUU VI mo nUUDC name is not known, but whose description is so clear that he cannot hardly escape. It appears from a letter found in Booth's trunk, that the murder was contemplated before the 4th of March, but fell through then because the accomplice backed out, " until Richmond could be heard from." Booth and his accomplice were at the livery stable at six o'clock last evening, and left there with their horses about ten o'clock, or shortly belore that hour. It would seem that they had for several days been seeking their chance, but for some unknown reason it was not carried iuto effect until last night. One of them has evidently made his way to Baltimore?the other has not yet been traced. EDWIN M. STANTON, Secretary of War. Wab Depabtmixt, i Washington, April 15, 1865. ) Major Gen. Dix: Abraham Lincoln died this morning at twenty-two minutes after seven o'clock. EDWIN M. STANTON, Secretary of War. ??????gjai HI ?niiMii On the receipt (1' the news at this place,1 the following order was issued by the Commandant of the District: Head-Quarters IT. s. Force s. i Hilton Heap. St. Helena a'Ivbee Islands, j Hilton Head, S. 0., April 18, 1805 ) Qeneral Orders. I Ho. 15. ( I. Abraham Lincoln, President of the United States, has been assassinated. The nation mourns ?our affliction is deeper than can be expressed. * II. A gnu will be tired every half hour, beginning at sunrise and ending at sunset, from Fort J * ' " ? ?ill honn at linlf.l weilb, U>-Uiunvn . /Ill ua^.i "* a mast, and all business at this Post w.11 be sus-1 pended for the day. III. All officers in this District will were blackl crape around the left arm above the elbow, audi also upon their sword hilt for thirty days. By order of Bvt Brig. Ocn.M. S. LITTLEFIELD. C. 0. SlVAK, Capt. & A. A. A. G. In accordance with the spirit o:' this order business of all kinds was suspended, guns were fired every half hour during the day, (Wednesday) all the'flags were at half mast and nearly every private and some of the Government buildings were draped in deep mourning. A meeting was called by officers and citizens, to be held at 71 o'clock in the evening at the Theatre. The use of this building was kindly given by the owner?Col. Peter Dunbar. Long before the opening every seat was filled and crowds could not find even standing room inside. The house was hastily but very appropriately decorated for the occasion. by the citizens and others under direc tion of Lt-Col. C. A. llioe. On eithoi side of the stage were the Mottos : 44 Washington?Father of his Country." 44 Lincoln?Father of Liberty," 44 He gave his lite that the nation might' live." 44 The body is gone that the Spirit may 3hine." At the appointed hour the meeting was called to order by Geo. W. At wood, Esq., and the tollowing nam.-d gentlemen wer^chosen as officers: * * % . PRESIDENT*. Brig.-Gen. M. S. Littlefield. vice- presiden ts. Lt-Col. Wm. Ames, Lt.-Cul. C. A. Etice, Major C. \V. Thomas, Capt. W. Pratt, Capt. V. W. M. Brown, Capt. A. Wotton, ot steamer Fulton, Mr. Peter Dunbar, Mr. Ralph Trembly, Mr. W. C. Riddell. secretaries. Messrs. Geo. W. Johnson, John Farr, Wm. H. Beilamy. committee on resolutions. Col. C. L. Kilbnrn, Col. James Lewis. Major Thos. J. Saunders, Capt. E. S. lewett, lion. C. Littlefield, Hon. II. :>herwood, Mr. Joseph 11. bears, Mr. Dscar A. Dennis, Mr. Geo. W. Atwood. After an eloquent prayer by Rev. Dwight Spencer, of the U. S. Christian Commission, Gen. Littlefield, on taking ;he chair, made a very eloquent address. Bis intimate personal acquaintance with tfr. Lincoln?having been a student in his )ffice at Springfield, Illinois, for many rears, give him a rich fund of facts vhieh he wove into a beautiful story ol his noble man's life. At the close of the General's speech he committee reported the following esolutions : Whereas, The news has been received >y a horror stricken country, that the President of the United States has beiome the victim of a base and premediated assassination, perpetrated at the National Capital, whilst surrounded by tis family and friends ; and, whereas, it s befitting that public expression should >e given rela'ive to this dreadful and mouentous event iu our history as a people, -therefore, l>y the soldiers and citizens iow resident at Hilton Head, South C.irlina, iu general meeting assembled, be it Resolvel?l. That in the death of ibrahain Lincoln, our revered and dis. \ tiuguished Chii-f Ruler?the one, who, in such a signal manner, has been raised ;up by Providence to lead us through the mutations of a bloody civil conflict of unparalleled magnitude, involving all that is dear in the way of government and humanity, we recognise the fact that, 'as regards profound wisdom, strict integrity, purity of character, proper appreciation of the great issues at stake, and nf nfViirc nort-nnimr tn tli*? ...... ..V ? , r> ? gtiieral welfare?elements so happily blended in liis organization and exemplified in his conduct?the American people have sustained a loss irreparable in its .character, the record of which will pass into history, in connection with the canonization of a patriot's name. I 2. That we have no language to express our execration of the spirit which prompted so nefarious an act as the brutal assassination of our Chief Magistrate, we stand appalled at a demonstration so demoniacal in its instincts?we shudder at the thought of having an example of this character to stain onr hitherto untarnished annals?and, whether instigated as a policy bv the leaders of rebellion, or the result only of a few wicked minds, we, in common with all loyal people, call for the condign punishment of those eonfederated for the purpose, let their number be great or small, believing that such fiends in human shape should not be permitted to disgrace the earth. I 3. That in justice to humanity, in jus iice to all those nobler feelings which actuate the conduct of individuals, we can not believe the Southern people us a body can approve for a moment a crime, which, if i miursed, should subject them to a retribution at the hands of conquerors, wherein their habitations would be laid waste and their names be known of men no move. 4. That for the sake of generous Christian government, the recent magnanimity towards the masses of a subdued people 'should not be repressed because of the ill-advised acts of a few irresponsible and wicked men; and, that unrestrained vengeance would in no way be consistent with onr national character, but only an unwise assumption of perogative belonging exclusively to that Great Being who controls us all, and who holds us in the hollow of His hand. I P nni?i i ? ,1 n U. J Hill we CAVCUU UUI piviuunu liipathy to the family of Che late JMMent, with the earnest prayer that Goc^WT His infinite mercy may be with the widow and the fatherless, and vouchsafe to them the blessing of howiug submissively, in common with the nation at large, to this inscrutable event, which has clothed the land with mourning, throughout all its borders. !G. That as a testimonial of our abiding grief we wear a badge of crape upon our left aim for thirtv days. These resolutions were responded to l>v eloquent remarks from Col. C. L.Ivilhurn, Chief Commissary of ihis Depart ( m cut ; Hon. II. Sherwood, of New York; Col. James Lewis, of the 144th N. Y. Vols., and Mr. Peabody of the nn o; Morgan & Peabody. The resolutions were enthusiastically adopted. The exercises were interspersed with music suitable t > the occasion, by the Post Band. We regret that our limited space will not admit of a in >ro exten led notic e Promotion's.?The following promo tions have recently been made in the 1st Reg. N. Y. Vol. Eng. : ? Major James E. Place, to be Lt. Col., to ? date from Feb. 16, I860. T. Capt. A. F. Scars, to be Major, to date from Feb. 16, I860. 1st Lieut. Nathan L Edwards, to be Captain, to date from Jan. 12, 1863. 2d Lieut. Charles P. Duffy, to be 1st Lieut., to date from Jan. 12, I860. 2d Lieut. Harrison L Waterman, to be 1 1 r _i i J... e T?.t. i100; isi IjU'ui. , io uaie irorn reu. ru, rooo. The Sumter Celebration; Lee's Surrender; and the terrible news 1'roin the North obliges us to delay much interesting matter till next week.