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 punish personally were President Davis, Toombs, Slidell and Howell Cobb. General Toombs' escape was accomplished only after thrilling adventures, and he passed two years in Cuba, France and England, but returned in 1867 to his native State, and there ended his days. He was a man of great mental strength, and powerful as an orator, and though his faults, such as he possessed, were. patent to the world, he was regarded as one of the great figures of his time, and will remain a distinctive character in history.
Major-General David Emanuel Twiggs was born in Richmond county, Ga., in 1790. His father, Gen. John Twiggs, was a soldier of the revolution. In the war of 1812, young David E. Twiggs, then twenty-two years of age, volunteered, and on March 8th was appointed captain of the Eighth infantry. He soon showed such marked ability that he was appointed major in the United States army. He distinguished himself in the Black Hawk war, and served in the Seminole war under Generals Jackson and Gaines. In 1836 he was commissioned colonel of the Second regiment of dragoons, which under his admirable training became the best cavalry regiment in the army. He was colonel of this regiment at the commencement of the Mexican war, and was with General Taylor's army of occupation which marched into the disputed territory. When Taylor moved to the Rio Grande, Colonel Twiggs was in the advance and captured Point Isabel. For gallant and meritorious conduct at Palo Alto and Resaca de la Palma he was brevetted brigadier-general. At Monterey he was put in command of a division. After the capture of that city he was put in command of it, and remained there until ordered to join General Scott at Vera Cruz. This he hastened to do, reaching the army before that city in time to share in the attack, and to win new laurels. He led the main attack at Cerro Gordo, was distinguished again at Contreras, and led one of the
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