and the garrison were held as prisoners of war. When informed of the armistice by Sherman
, General Wilson
issued the necessary orders to carry it into effect, and General Cobb
gave every assistance in his power in the collection of supplies for the large Federal command, before any terms of capitulation had been made known to either of the generals commanding.
On April 30th Wilson
received notice of the final capitulation of the Confederate forces east of the Chattahoochee
by General Johnston
, and was directed to resume hostilities and capture the Confederate States
officials about to enter or make their way through the State
For this purpose the various brigades were disposed throughout the State
, who was ordered to Augusta
, caused the arrest of Vice-President Stephens
, Secretary Mallory
and Senator Hill
arrived at Washington, Ga.
, the home of Gen. Robert Toombs
, May 4, 1865, and remained there about thirty-six hours. His family was with him, consisting of Mrs. Davis
and four children, accompanied by her sister, Miss Howell
, and Midshipman Howell
, her brother.
, Gen. I. M. St. John
, Gen. A. R. Lawton
, Postmaster-General John H. Reagan
, General Breckinridge
, secretary of war
, and a considerable number of other Confederate officials and officers, also arrived at Washington
On the 5th this party, the last representatives of the Confederate States
government, separated, General Reagan
alone accompanying the President
in a westward direction.
's cross-roads and at Dublin
they were threatened by strolling bands, but escaped danger.
At daylight on the morning of May 10th, a detachment of Michigan
cavalry, under Lieutenant-Colonel Pritchard
, striving to cut off the party in advance, collided with a body of Wisconsin
cavalry under Lieutenant-Colonel Harnden
, which was in pursuit, and before there could be a mutual recognition, several Federal soldiers were killed by their comrades.
At the same time President