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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)
h were steadily increasing. I inquired as to the funds of the staff, and found that they had only a small amount of paper currency each, except, perhaps, Colonel F. R. Lubbock, A. D. C., who had, I believe, a little specie of his private funds. Colonel William Preston Johnston told me that the President's purse contained paper mohn H. Reagan, the Acting Secretary of the Treasury, $1,500 in gold each to Colonel John Taylor Wood, A. D. C.; Colonel William Preston Johnston, A. D. C.; Colonel F. R. Lubbock, A. D. C., and Colonel C. E. Thorburn (a naval purchasing agent who was with the party), taking a receipt from each one; but as they were all of the same v party was captured a few days afterward, and upon their release from prison several of the party told me that everyone was robbed of all they had, except Colonel F. R. Lubbock, who, after stout resistance and great risk, retained his money, upon which the party subsisted during their long imprisonment at Fort Delaware. No gold w
again. Finally, after a most urgent letter from his life-long and much-beloved friend, Colonel F. R. Lubbock, he consented to write a letter for publication. It is as follows: Beauvoir, Miss., June 20, 1887. Colonel F. R. Lubbock. My Dear Friend My reason for not replying was an unwillingness to enter into a controversy in which my friends in Texas stood arrayed against each other. inion as would permit a change of position without anything to justify it. My letter to Governor Lubbock of July 20th, I must insist, is too plain to be of different construction. Four days afteress, and expressed my entire concurrence with the sentiments she had uttered. My letter to Governor Lubbock, written four days previously, was fresh in my mind; it conveyed my deliberate opinion, andhe former may be preachable; the latter, by such methods, is hopeless. In the letter to Governor Lubbock, I admitted intemperance to be a great evil; but is it the only one that afflicts society a