The language of the President is clear — confederate leaders are traitors!
Alexandria Gazette, Volume 66, Number 101, 4 May 1865
Whereas it appears from evidence in the Bureau of Military Justice that the atrocious murder of the late President, Abraham Lincoln, and the attempted assassination of the Honorable William H. Seward, Secretary of State, were incited, concerted and procured by and between Jefferson Davis, late of Richmond, Virginia, and Jacob Thompson, Clement C. Clay, Beverly Tucker, George N. Saunders, William C. Cleary, and other rebels and traitors against the Government of the United States, harbored in Canada:
Now, therefore, to the end that justice may be done, I, Andrew Johnson, President of the United States, do offer and promise for the arrest of said persons, or either of them, within the limits of the United States, so that they can be brought to trial, the following rewards:
One hundred thousand dollars for the arrest of Jefferson Davis. Twenty-five thousand dollars for the arrest of Clement C. Clay. Twenty-five thousand dollars for the arrest of Jacob Thompson, late of Mississippi. Twenty-five thousand dollars for the arrest of George N. Saunders. Twenty-five thousand dollars for the arrest of Beverly Tucker. Ten thousand dollars for the arrest of William C. Cleary, late clerk of Clement C. Clay.
The Provost Marshal General of the United States is directed to cause a description of said persons, with notice of the above rewards to be published.
In testimony whereof, I have hereunto set my hand and caused the Seal of the United States to be affixed.
Done at the city of Washington, this second day of May in the year of our Lord, one thousand eight hundred and sixty five, and of the independence of the United States of America the eighty-ninth.
By the President:
W. Hunter, Acting Secretary of State