15. visit of Messrs. Gilmore and Jaquess to Richmond, Va.
On the sixteenth of July, 1864, J. R. Gilmore, a well-known author, and Colonel James F. Jaquess, of the Seventy-third Illinois volunteers, obtained a pass through the rebel lines, and visited Jefferson Davis at Richmond.
This visit, in many respects, was one of the most extraordinary incidents of the war. With no safe conduct, and no official authority, these gentlemen passed the lines of two hostile armies, gained access toll make no difference.
What we did there.
The next morning, after breakfast, which we took in our room with Mr. Javins, we indited a note — of which the following is a copy — to the Confederate Secretary of State:
Spotswood House, Richmond, Va., July 17, 1864. Hon. J. P. Benjamin, Secretary of State, etc.:
dear sir: The undersigned respectfully solicit an interview with President Davis.
They visit Richmond only as private citizens, and have no official character or authority;