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J. B. Jones, A Rebel War Clerk's Diary, chapter 48 (search)
lude he has abandoned Cape Fear River. He says he is embarrassed by prisoners. Enemy refuses to receive or entertain propositions. I expect no change will be made by Gen. Grant. It is his policy to delay. Have directed prisoners to be sent to Richmond by rail or highway, as may be most practicable; if wrong, correct it. R. E. Lee. This looks like the speedy fall of Wilmington, but not of Richmond. To-day is the anniversary of the birth of Washington, and of the inauguration of Davis; but I hear of no holiday. Not much is doing, however, in the departments; simply a waiting for calamities, which come with stunning rapidity. The next news, I suppose, will be the evacuation of Wilmington! Then Raleigh may tremble. Unless there is a speedy turn in the tide of affairs, confusion will reign supreme and universally. We have here now some 4000 or 5000 paroled prisoners returned by the Federal authorities, without sufficient food for them, and soon there may be 10,000 Fe
J. B. Jones, A Rebel War Clerk's Diary, chapter 49 (search)
nd Congress. Dev.elopment of Grant's combination. assault at Hare's Hill. departure of Mrs. President Davis. March 1 Cloudy, cold, and dismal. We have no news, except from the North, whence f it be confiscated, the war will certainly continue for years, even under the direction of President Davis, who is now quite unpopular. If a contrary course be pursued, the struggle may be more speedily terminated — perhaps after the next great battle. And Mrs. Davis has become unpopular with the ladies belonging to the old families. Her father, Mr. Howell, it is said was of low origin, annt's front have mainly in view the transportation of subsistence from North Carolina. Mrs. President Davis has left the city, with her children, for the South. I believe it is her purpose to go noducing the most deplorable results. The government would soon make its escape — if it could. Mrs. Davis, however, soonest informed of our condition, got away in time. Dispatches from Generalissi
J. B. Jones, A Rebel War Clerk's Diary, XLIX. April, 1865 (search)
(10 A. M.) received: headquarters, April 1st, 1865. his Excellency President Davis. Gen. Beauregard has been ordered to make arrangementsa precautionary concentration to preserve our communications. Mrs. Davis sold nearly all her movables-including presentsbefore leaving the Mr. Lincoln, after driving to the mansion lately occupied by Mr. Davis, Confederate States President, where he rested, returned, I belie on Monday is still credited. Per contra, it is reported that President Davis is not only a captive, but will soon be exhibited in Capitol Scultivated the most friendly relations with all the members of President Davis's cabinet, and it is supposed he prosecuted a lucrative busineany other general or army — if indeed any other army remains. If Mr. Davis had been present, he never would have consented to it; and I doubt no salutes have been fired in honor of the event. The President (Davis) is supposed to be flying toward the Mississippi River, but this is