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Varina Davis, Jefferson Davis: Ex-President of the Confederate States of America, A Memoir by his Wife, Volume 2, Chapter 19: effort to effect exchange of prisoners-evacuation of Manassas-visit to Fredericksburg. (search)
now state positively, but my impression is, it was between the 15th and the 20th. On my return from Richmond, about g or 10 A. M., I found President Davis, General Johnston, and General Holmes at my house. Very soon after General Holmes ordered me (I was his aide) to go with the President and General Johnston across the river, to make a reconnaissance of the country, etc. On the return from the reconnoissance across the river, I well remember, in coming through the little town of Falmouth, the President, at whose side I was riding at the time, made this remark to me: To use a slang phrase, your town of Fredericksburg is right in the wrong place, to which I replied I was well aware of the fact so far as its capability for being defended against an invading force was concerned. Yours truly, J. T. Doswell. Fredericksburg, August 17, 1885. In March, 1862, President Davis and General J. E. Johnston visited Fredericksburg, and were guests of my friend and connection, Mr