precaution; it is not known that a single man in the South
desired, or would have dared, to undertake his release, although that region was thronged with thousands of rebel soldiers on their way home.
No accident, or delay of any kind, occurred during the trip to Savannah
, where a gunboat was already in waiting.
The prisoners were taken on board at once, and delivered at Fortress Monroe
, for safe keeping, on the 22d of May.
My command had also arrested Mr. Mallory
, the rebel Secretary of the Navy
, Mr. Hill
, and Joseph E. Brown
managed to escape, by traveling alone, and as rapidly as possible — the former having passed through Tallahassee, Florida
, only a few hours before the arrival of General McCook
at that place.
Both of his sons were captured, and, after a few days' detention, were paroled.
arrived at Macon
, he looked bronzed, but hardy and vigorous, and had entirely recovered his equanimity and easy bearing.
After he had dined, I had an interview with him, lasting over an hour, during which he talked freely and pleasantly about a variety of subjects.
He asked about the different professors at West Point
, discussing their merits and peculiarities with spirit and good-humor, showing clearly that he had neither forgotton them nor his own experience as a cadet.
Thence he was led to the discussion of his own generals.
He spoke in the highest terms of Lee
, declaring him to be the ablest, most courageous, and the most aggressive; in short, the most worthy of all his lieutenants.
He condemned the generalship of Johnston
, and charged him with timidity and insubordination.
He ridiculed the pedantry of Beauregard
, and deprecated the gallant rashness of Hood
On the other hand, he expressed his admiration for the surprising skill and persistency of Grant
, the brilliancy of Sherman
, and the solid qualities of Thomas
In the course of our conversation, he referred to Mr. Lincoln
, and his untimely death, speaking of him in terms of respect and high personal regard.
He seemed to regret particularly that Mr. Johnson
had succeeded to the Presidency, adding that both he and the Southern
people would find him much more implacable and vindictive than Mr. Lincoln
He remarked, in reference to the reward offered for his arrest, as an accomplice in the assassination, that, while he was surprised that such a charge should have been brought against him, he had no serious apprehension of trouble therefrom.
In this connection, he said: “I doubt not, General, the Government
of the United States
will bring a much more serious charge against me than that, and one which it will give me much ”