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Southern Historical Society Papers, Volume 5. (ed. Reverend J. William Jones), The true story of the capture of Jefferson Davis. (search)
of an account of the capture, in the Atlantic monthly for September, 1865, who is identified by General Wilson as an officer of his command, chuckles over the appropriation of what he elegantly and politely styles Jeff's wines and other amenities --that is to say, the private stores of Mrs. Davis and her family — for Mr. Davis carried no stores — in a tone of sportive exultation, as if it were a very good thing. tIe tells it in a vein that reminds one of Master Slander's desire to have Mrs. Anne Page hear the capital joke about his father's stealing two geese out of a pen. The same writer gives us, in the same jocose vein, an account of a brutal indignity offered by his brigade band to the illustrious prisoner, of which — if it ever occurred — the object of it was happily unconscious. He also tells us that Mrs. Davis was very watchful lest some disrespect should be shown her husband; whereas the true and manifest cause of her anxiety was the wifely apprehension that some pretext