hid himself under the garb of woman, when, if ever, he should have shown the courage of a hero?
Shortly after the recognition of Davis
by his captors, Colonels Pritchard
rode up to where the group were standing.
, recognizing them as officers, asked which of them was in command.
As these officers were lieutenant colonels of different regiments, belonging to different brigades of different divisions, and had, therefore, probably never before met, except casually, much less compared dates of commissions, they were somewhat taken aback at the question, and hesitated what answer to make.
upbraided them with ignorance, reproached them with unchivalrous conduct in hunting down women and children, and finally declared, with the air and manners of a bravo, that they could not have caught him but for his desire to protect “his women and children.”
“How would you have prevented it, Mr. Davis
said Colonel Pritchard
. “Why, sir, I could have fought you, or eluded you.”
“As for fighting us,” replied the Colonel
, “we came prepared for that; it would have saved us some trouble, and, doubtless, you a good deal; but as for ‘ eluding us,’ I don't think your garb is very well adapted to rapid locomotion.”
In addition to Davis
and his family, Colonel Pritchard
's detachment captured, at the same time, John H. Reagan
, rebel Postmaster General
, Colonel B. N. Harrison
, private secretary
, Colonels Lubbock
, and Johnston
, four inferior officers and thirteen private soldiers, besides Miss Howell
, two waiting-maids, and several colored servants.
This brings us again to the question of Davis
' disguise at the time of his capture, touching which I submit the following letter, written by J. G. Dickinson
, late Adjutant
Fourth Michigan Cavalry, to the Detroit Tribune