Rounding Cape Horn in mid-September on her way to England, CSS Shenandoah was driven off course by a northeast gale and doesn’t cross the equator until today. Now she will take the trades, with smooth going all the way to the western coast of England. “I believe the Divine will directed and protected that ship in all her adventures,” her captain will say.
Despite the evidence of how ruthless the government has demonstrated it can be in pursuit and removal of those it is determined to lay hands on by the execution of even a woman only peripherally connected to President Lincoln’s assassination—mainly Stanton, who had engineered the trial—President Johnson has proved quite as liberal in granting clemency as he had said he would be in his amnesty proclamation. By now, not only have all the arrested secessionist governors been released on their application for pardon, but today so too are such once high-placed rebels as Cabinet members John Reagan and George Trenholm, Assistant Secretary of War John A. Campbell, and even Vice President Alexander Stephens.