BESIDES Louis Wiechmann and John M. Lloyd, the government had a wide choice of victims who could have been held guilty of harboring, aiding and abetting the conspirators. On his trip south, from Dr. Mudd's house to his final refuge at Garrett's farm, Booth was helped on his way by many people, some friendly and some neutral.
On April 27, General Hancock, who had gone to Bryantown to get in touch with Colonel Wells, then engaged in the hunt for Booth, received news that the actor had been killed and that Herold had been captured. Thereupon he wired to Washington as follows:1
BRYANTOWN, APRIL 27, 1865.
HON. E. M. STANTON,
I SHALL RETURN TO WASHINGTON TO-NIGHT. I HAVE CHARGED COLONEL WELLS WITH THE DUTY OF FOLLOWING THE TRACK OF BOOTH AND HEROLD, TO FIND ALL PERSONS WHO GAVE THEM ASSISTANCE IN ANY WAY.
WINF[IEL]D S. HANCOCK, MAJOR-GENERAL.
There is no doubt that Colonel Wells obeyed these instructions. The Official Records fail to disclose what he found; but this can scarcely evoke surprise. In any event, the persons who gave assistance to the conspirators were never mentioned in those reports that were allowed to reach the public.____________________