An effort to rescue Jefferson Davis.
Statement of General Wade Hampton as to the connection of himself and command Therewith.
[The following communication was elicited by an article by General Wheeler, which appeared under the caption above in the Century, of May, 1898 (pp. 85-91). Every reference in it to General Hampton l be necessary to give some papers copied from official source, and to be found in Vol. XLVII, Series I, of War of the Rebellion.
The correspondence between President Davis and myself, here inserted, will show what plans were made for the purpose of trying to take him across the Mississippi river, and I shall explain why those plans failed.
The letter which led to the correspondence between President Davis and myself was written by me, and is dated Hillsborough, N. C., April 19th, 1865.
The following extracts from it will give its main purport:
His Excellency President Davis.
My Dear Sir,—Having seen the terms upon which it is proposed to negotiate