It was in this disguise that he was captured.
Such is the story as told by C. E. L. Stuart, of Davis's staff.
The Confederate President was taken to fort Monroe by way of Savannah and the sea. Reagan, who was captured with Davis, and Alexander H. Stephens were sent to Fort Warren, in Boston Harbor.
The following is the text of the inaugural address, delivered at Montgomery, Ala., Feb. 18, 1861:
Gentlemen of the Congress of the Confederate States of America, Friends, and Fellow-Citizens,—Called to the difficult and responsible station of chief executive of the provisional government which you have instituted, I approach the discharge of the duties assigned me with an humble distrust of my abilities, but with a sustaining confidence in the wisdom of those who are to guide and aid me in the administration of public affairs, and an abiding faith in the virtue and patriotism of the people.
Looking forward to the speedy establishment of a permanen
o utilize the services that I offer.
Before closing, I wish to warn you that at the entrance to this city, on the roads of Adjuntas and Canas, the Spanish government is actively engaged in constructing several trenches to foolishly obstruct the march of the army of liberty, and they are concealing themselves in the small neighboring hills and difficult passes in the cañons in order to carry out this resistance.
With many wishes for your health and much appreciation of the great triumph of America, I am,
Your humble servant, Felix Matos Bernier. July 26, 1898. (Ponce, P. R.)
To such a people it became my pleasure to issue a proclamation.
Ponce, Porto Rico, July 28, 1898. To the Inhabitants of Porto Rico:
In the prosecution of the war against the kingdom of Spain by the people of the United States, in the cause of liberty, justice, and humanity, its military forces have come to occupy the island of Porto Rico.
They come bearing the banner of freedom, inspired by a nobl