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Southern Historical Society Papers, Volume 25. (ed. Reverend J. William Jones), chapter 1.24 (search)
n army was re-enforcing Chattanooga. The men were to go South and send their reports by courier line to General Bragg at Missionary Ridge. The expedition was attended with much danger. The scouts had seen the 16th Army Corps, commanded by General Dodge, move from Corinth to Pulaski, and on Friday, November 19, they started to return to their own camp, each man for himself, and bearing his own information. Late that afternoon they were captured by the 7th Kansas Cavalry, known as the Kansas Jayhawkers, taken to Pulaski and put in prison. Important papers were found upon the person of Sam Davis. In his saddle-bags the plans and fortifications as well as an exact report of the Federal Army in Tennessee were found. A letter intended for General Bragg was also found. General Dodge sent for Davis and told him that he had a serious charge to make; that he was a spy and did not seem to realize the danger he was in. The General also remarked kindly that Davis was a young man,