Skip to main content
Go to accessibility notice

    Description

    [Pursuit of Booth] James A. Hardie Partly Printed Pass, accomplished and signed as Brevet Brigadier and Inspector General, one page, 5.5" x 3", on "War Department" form, Washington, D.C., 16 April 1865. Writing the day after Abraham Lincoln had died, Hardie passes "Major O'Beirne, Special Prov. Marshal and assistants to Port Tobacco & vicinity, by the Potomac River on important service. All officers are enjoined to render him any aid he requires." To forestall inter-service difficulties Hardie has written on the verso: "Naval vessels on the river are requested not to detain Major O'Beirne & assistants." The urgent tone of this pass is understandable, since the "important service" mentioned was the initial pursuit of John Wilkes Booth, which had been entrusted to Provost Marshal James Rowan O'Beirne. His operatives had discovered Booth's connection to George Atzerodt, a resident of Port Tobacco, and the natural conclusion was that the assassin may have headed in that direction. O'Beirne ultimately received a $2000 share of the Booth reward money. Lightly soiled; fine.

    Provenance
    : Sang; Timothy H. Bakken; George Rinsland auctions, Allentown, Pennsylvania.


    Auction Info

    Auction Dates
    November, 2008
    20th Thursday
    Bids + Registered Phone Bidders: 6
    Lot Tracking Activity: N/A
    Page Views: 812

    Buyer's Premium per Lot:
    19.5% of the successful bid (minimum $9) per lot.

    Sold for: Sign-in or Join (free & quick)
    Track Item

    Heritage membership

    Join Now - It's Free

    VIEW BENEFITS
    1. Past Auction Values (prices, photos, full descriptions, etc.)
    2. Bid online
    3. Free Collector newsletter
    4. Want List with instant e-mail notifications
    5. Reduced auction commissions when you resell your
      winnings 
    Consign now
    • Cash Advances
    • More Bidders
    • Trusted Experts
    • Over 200,000 Satisfied Consignors Since 1976
    Consign to the 2020 October 21 Manuscripts Signature Auction - Dallas.

    Learn about consigning with us

    The department director has the heart of a true and highly knowledgeable collector with the business acumen of someone who has been not only successful but has decades of an impeccable track record
    David Greenburg,
    Chicago, IL
    View More Testimonials

    HA.com receives more traffic than any other auction house website. (Source: Similarweb.com)

    Video tutorial

    Getting the most out of search