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1 May 11.
2 May 7.
When the musketry-flring was heard in the morning, at “dim, gray dawn,” it was supposed to be between the apprehended [Rebel] marauders and Mrs. Davis's few camp-defenders. Under this impression, Mr. Davis hurriedly put on his boots, and prepared to go out for the purpose of interposing, saying: “They will at least as yet respect me.” As he got to the tent door thus hastily equipped, and with this good intention of preventing an effusion of blood by an appeal in the name of a fading but not wholly faded authority, he saw a few cavalry ride up the road and deploy in front. “Ha, Federals!” was his exclamation. “Then you are captured!” cried Mrs. Davis, with emotion. In a moment, she caught an idea — a woman's idea — and, as quickly as women in an emergency execute their designs, it was done. He slept in a wrapper — a loose one. It was yet around him. This she fastened, ere he was aware of it, and then, bidding him adieu, urged him to go to the spring, a short distance off, where his horses and arms were. Strange as it may seem, there was not even a pistol in the tent. Davis felt that his only course was to reach his horse and arms, and complied. As he was leaving the door, followed by a servant with a water-bucket, Miss Howell flung a shawl over his head. There was no time to remove it without exposure and embarrassment; and, as he had not far to go, he ran the chance exactly as it was devised for him. In these two articles, consisted the woman's attire of which so much nonsense has been spoken and written; and, under these circumstances and in this way was Jefferson Davis going forth to perfect his escape. No bonnet, no gown, no petticoats, no crinoline — nothing of all these. And what there was, happened to be excusable under ordinary circumstances, and perfectly natural as things were. But it was too late for any effort to reach his horses; and the Confederate President was at last a prisoner in the hands of the United States.
4 May 13.
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