- Jun 2, 2017
Yep, Stanton did. But the reward was for Extra Billy's arrest, not "Dead or Alive". Here's the conclusion of the search for Extra Billy as reported in the New York Times 06/13/1865:I thought Stanton put out a reward on 'Extra Billy' soon after Lincoln was shot.
"Extra BILLY SMITH, ex-rebel Governor of Virginia, surrendered himself to Gen. PATRICK, at Richmond, on Friday. He was paroled, to report once a day until further orders, It is surmised that he may claim the reward of $25,000 offered for his arrest, as "extra" compensation."