the beloved pastor.
's was the church in which President Davis
and his family worshipped during the war between the States--a war waged, as we all believe, by the Northern States
against the Southern States
of the American Union for the purpose of overthrowing institutions of the latter States and the construction given by most southern and many northern statesmen to the Constitution of the United States
This war commenced many years before hostilities with deadly weapons were inaugurated.
and his family were in their pew that morning.
I saw the church sexton go to that pew in the midst of the services and speak to the President
and the President
retire from the congregation.
I was not feeling very well that morning.
I felt that something was going wrong with our cause when I saw the President
withdraw; and this, in connection with the indisposition referred to, caused me also to retire from the church.
I repaired at once to my lodgings, on Second street, not far from the residence of Dr. Morris
, in Linden row, on Franklin street. Dr. Morris
--a brother of our friend, Colonel John D. Morris
, well-known to most of us present this evening — was President
or General Superintendent
of the telegraph lines in the Confederate States
Immediately on reaching my lodgings I met a friend, who asked me if I had heard the news.
I responded “No; what is it?”
He replied: “Dr. Morris
's little daughter was just over here, and said that her father had just come home and stated that General Lee
had telegraphed President Davis
that the enemy had broken the Confederate
lines, that the army would have to retire further South, and Richmond
would have to be evacuated.”
Our beloved General John C. Breckinridge
was then Secretary of War
I proceeded right away to his residence.
I did not find him there, but met my colleague in the Confederate Congress, Hon. E. M. Bruce
, who had seen the War Secretary
; and from Mr. Bruce
I learned that the appalling news was literally true.
Like others away from home, as well as many citizens of Richmond
, I commenced without delay making preparations to leave the place.
I packed my clothes and some books and papers in my trunk and a traveling-bag
The trunk I had placed in General Breckinridge
's baggage wagon, and the traveling-bag
I carried in my hand.
What journeys my trunk took through the Southern States
I am not able to describe.
Suffice it to say, through the kind offices of my young friend Hannibal Hewitt
, then in the employment of the Adams Express Company, it was reclaimed, and safely restored to me in Kentucky
about four or five months after I had it placed in the baggage wagon of the Secretary of War
, and long after he had reached