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Varina Davis, Jefferson Davis: Ex-President of the Confederate States of America, A Memoir by his Wife, Volume 2, Chapter 80: General Joseph E. Johnston and the Confederate treasure. (search)
e with it. I will write to Mr. Reagan and ask him to answer your inquiries. The fact is, I staked all my property and reputation in the defence of State rights and constitutional liberty, as I understood them. The first I spent in the cause, except what was seized, appropriated, or destroyed by the enemy; the last has been persistently assailed by all which falsehood could invent and malignity employ. I am ever affectionately yours, Jefferson Davis. C. J. Wright, Chicago. On December 18, 188r, there appeared in the Philadelphia Press the following extraordinary publication: Confederate gold missing. General Johnston calls Jefferson Davis to account for over $2,000,000 in specie. Philadelphia, December 17th.- The Press will publish to-morrow an interview with General Joseph E. Johnston, in which he charges that Jefferson Davis received a very large sum of money belonging to the Confederate Treasury at the evacuation of Richmond, for which he has never accounted. I