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[586] If Davis had come out of the tent erect, with that gown on, and no shawl, he would have thought nothing of the matter, having seen gentlemen in them before, though he had always supposed they had n( coats on under them. He was very positive also as to the words used by Miss Howell, and as to the “form bowed down” of Davis. I understand that one of the points made by Davis' apologists, is that he was arrested the moment he stepped out of the tent. Bee explicitly denies that. I asked him how far Davis had got from the tent before he was halted, when he at first said “about twenty rods.” Upon my request that he would be more definite he pointed out a building about one hundred and twenty-five feet from where we sat, and said: “Just about as far as that building.” He insists that he was the first man to recognize Davis, and this because he suspected something wrong when the three moved away from the tent. The letter from Bullard was written to me at my request, and speaks for itself. He, too, gives Davis a good start, as does also Stedman. Stedman corroborates pretty closely Bee's story as to what occurred in front of the tent. These statements were made by “the boys” without any knowledge of what the other was saying or writing, and agree pretty well in the main. Bee says he does not recollect any such man as Stedman, though he may have been present. I did not ask him anything about Stedman until after he had finished and signed his “version.” I have written to George Munger, corporal of C Company, and expect to get his story in a few days. Being somewhat interested in the question, I have, whenever I came across anything in the papers relating to it, been in the habit of cutting it out and pigeon-holing it. Among the others the following from the Raleigh (North Carolina) News, of August 20th (1877, I think, though I will not be certain as to the year), published by the other side. It was signed by James H. Jones, Davis' colored coachman: “It has been stated that Mr. Davis had on a hoopskirt, and was otherwise disguised as a woman. This is wholly false. He was dressed in his ordinary clothing, with cavalry boots drawn over his pants, a waterproof over his dress-coat, a shawl thrown over his shoulders, and on his head a broad-brim white or drab Texas hat. He had not an article of female wear about his person.” The chief point of difference between Jones and the others appears to be the location of the shawl only.

I saw Colonel Pritchard at Allegan, on Friday morning, and he says that he, too, has received various letters on the subject, which he expects to answer, and will lean far toward the woman disguise side of the question. Various conversations he had with Mrs. Davis, he says, will substantiate the fact that she denied nothing.

Many thanks for your account in the weekly times of our great ride. It is very interesting.

Yours, very truly,

After quoting the foregoing documents, which all candid readers will admit to be entirely conclusive on the question of the disguise, I have only to add that all the statements made by me herein, or elsewhere (not only in reference to this question but to the question of the behavior of Davis at the time of his capture), are based upon the written — and verbal reports made by the officers and men immediately after the events to which they referred. This is especially true of the conversation which was held by Mr. Davis with Colonel Pritchard and Colonel Harnden.

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