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first appearance of dawn, at which time Colonel Pritchard put his troops again in motion, and contn the rebels he had been pursuing, while Colonel Pritchard claims, and no doubt justly, that he hadthe recognition of Davis by his captors, Colonels Pritchard and Harnden rode up to where the group wl guard. I then started to report to Colonel Pritchard, but Mrs. Davis called to me and I dismotement it would not correspond with all. Colonel Pritchard's statement is as near right as any I harsation which was held by Mr. Davis with Colonel Pritchard and Colonel Harnden. As soon as breand too much praise cannot be awarded to Colonels Pritchard and Harnden, or to the officers and men iments who participated in the pursuit. Colonel Pritchard arrived at Macon on the afternoon of thein pursuance of orders from Washington. Colonel Pritchard, with a detachment of his regiment, was ly of the dignity and self-possession of Colonel Pritchard, and did not conceal a regret that he ha[30 more...]
Basil Duke (search for this): chapter 42
ed that each in his turn should announce his decision. Each answered slowly, reluctantly, in the negative. The only words added were that, though they considered the war hopeless, they would not disband their men until they had guarded the President to a place of safety. No, exclaimed Mr. Davis, passionately, I will listen now to no proposition for my safety. I appeal to you for the cause of the country. Again he urged the commanders to accept his views. We were silent, says General Basil Duke, one of the council, for we could not agree with him, and we respected him too much to reply. Mr. Davis yet stood erect, raised his hands to his head, as if in pain, and suddenly exclaiming, All hope is gone! added haughtily, I see that the friends of the South are prepared to consent to her degradation; and then, sweeping the company with a proud and despairing glance, he attempted to pass from the room. But the blow was too much for his feeble organization. His face was white
. Davis was accompanied at the first stage of his flight by some of his personal staff and three members of his Cabinet-General Breckenridge, Secretary of War; Mr. Benjamin, Secretary of State, and Mr. Reagan, Postmaster General. His wife was in North Carolina. (Pages 508 and 509.) Just what the historian means by this. extand it was now secured in his baggage. and under cover of darkness the President of the Confederacy, accompanied by three members of his Cabinet-Breckenridge, Benjamin, and Reagan-drove rapidly to the train which had been prepared to carry them from Richmond. This train, it is said, was the one which had carried provisions to divided among them. So fearful were they of marauders that many buried their coin in the woods and in unfrequented places. With the disbandment of the troops Mr. Benjamin suggested a separation of the Cabinet officers from the President, making an excuse that so large a party would advertise their flight and increase the chances
Roman Carus (search for this): chapter 42
pack-mule, and cooking utensils, were provided at Washington; and it was designed that Mr. Davis, his wife, and his wife's sister, should pass as a simple country family, emigrating from Georgia, and having fallen in with straggling soldiers for their protection. Mr. Davis' dignity was laid aside without much difficulty. Carlisle said: A king in the midst of his body-guard, with all his trumpets, war-horses, and gilt standard-bearers, will look great, though he be little; but only some Roman Carus can give audience to satrap ambassadors while seated on the ground, with a woolen cap, and supping on boiled peas, like a common soldier. Mr. Davis, in the dress of a country farmer, had none of these traces of imperialism which cling to those born to purple. His features, just and handsome, without being remarkable, were those which might command by assumed airs, or might be practiced to particular expressions, but scarcely those which could assert superiority without an effort and at
Braxton Bragg (search for this): chapter 42
the escort, and the story told almost at every mile, by stragglers from Johnston's command, was not calculated to inspire them. At Abbeville, Mr. Davis resolved upon a council of war. It was composed of the five brigade commanders, and General Braxton Bragg (for the year past the military adviser of the President) was admitted to the last scene of the deliberations of the lost cause. In the council Mr. Davis spoke with more than his accustomed facility and earnestness, inspired by hope, idge, and when he reached Abbeville, South Carolina, he called a council of war to deliberate upon the plans which he had conceived for regenerating what had now become in fact The lost cause. This council was composed of Generals Breckenridge, Bragg, and the commanders of the cavalry force which was then escorting him. All united that it was hopeless to struggle longer, but they added that they would not disband their men till they had guarded their chieftain to a place of safety. This was
Shenandoah (search for this): chapter 42
, discussing the matter fully with his Cabinet, in profound secrecy; and deciding that in order to secure the escape of himself and his principal officers, the Shenandoah should be ordered to cruise off the coast of Florida, to take the fugitives on board. These orders were sent to the rebel cruiser many days before Lee's linessy and deliberate escape in the way agreed upon, as the communications with the Florida coast were at that time scarcely doubtful, and once on the swift sailing Shenandoah, the most valuable remnant of the Anglo-Confederate navy, they might soon obtain an asylum on a foreign shore. When Davis and his companions left Richmond in Chattahoochee river, the boundary of the Department of the Southwest, and there he had designed to part with his wife, and to commit her to her journey to the Shenandoah. He was overtaken by a small body of Federal cavalry, originally sent out to post a skirmish line through that part of Georgia reaching to Augusta, but now div
James H. Wilson (search for this): chapter 42
l known, and often repeated, in our camp, to interested inquirers, by those having personal knowledge of them. The first report of the capture was made to Major Robert Burns, Assistant Adjutant General of General R. H. G. Minty's staff. I drew the report, immediately after our return to Macon, for Captain John C. Hathaway, commanding the regiment while Colonel Pritchard was absent in charge of the prisoners on the way to Washington. I made a full written statement of the facts for General Wilson, at the request of Major Van Antwerp, his aide-de-camp, and another statement to General John Robertson, Adjutant General of Michigan. The facts are beyond dispute respecting the female disguise. I know all about it, because I saw it, and, assisted by Corporal Munger, and others present, arrested Jefferson Davis when he was in such female disguise. Mr. Reagan did not then see him; but there were several Confederate officers present who did see the arrest, and made no effort to aid thei
had hitherto commanded with all the rigor of an autocrat, found himself powerless and deserted. From this day forth he was little better than a fugitive, for although his escort gave him and his wagon train nominal company and protection till be had reached the village of Washington, just within the northeastern boundary of Georgia, they had long since learned the hopelessness of further resistance, and now began to despair even of successful flight. A division of National cavalry, under Stoneman, and a brigade under Palmer, had already burst from the mountains of North Carolina, and were in hot pursuit; while rumors reached him of another mounted force, sweeping destructively through Alabama and Georgia, cutting off, by its wide extended march, the only route to the trans-Mississippi and the far Southwest. In order that we may properly understand the difficulties which were now rapidly encompassing Davis, and which ultimately led to his capture, let us leave him at Little Washi
soldiers, Winslow and Noble, led by the intrepid General Upton, under the cover of darkness, broken only by themight come in contact. On the 28th of April, General Upton was ordered, with a detachment of his division, General A. J. Alexander, with the Second Brigade of Upton's Division, was directed by General Winslow to scoutxcellent and spirited officer. In the meantime, General Upton, at Augusta, had sent me a dispatch advising me ition of our forces may be described as follows: General Upton, with parts of two regiments, occupied Augusta, servation. General Winslow, with the larger part of Upton's Division, occupied Atlanta, and scouted the countro engaged in watching the Ocmulgee from the right of Upton's Division to Macon, and in scouting the country to ce President of the Confederacy, was arrested by General Upton, at Crawfordsville, about the same time, and alsthe desire that they might be spared that pain. General Upton was charged with making the necessary arrangemen
James H. Jones (search for this): chapter 42
e habit of cutting it out and pigeon-holing it. Among the others the following from the Raleigh (North Carolina) News, of August 20th (1877, I think, though I will not be certain as to the year), published by the other side. It was signed by James H. Jones, Davis' colored coachman: It has been stated that Mr. Davis had on a hoopskirt, and was otherwise disguised as a woman. This is wholly false. He was dressed in his ordinary clothing, with cavalry boots drawn over his pants, a waterproof over his dress-coat, a shawl thrown over his shoulders, and on his head a broad-brim white or drab Texas hat. He had not an article of female wear about his person. The chief point of difference between Jones and the others appears to be the location of the shawl only. I saw Colonel Pritchard at Allegan, on Friday morning, and he says that he, too, has received various letters on the subject, which he expects to answer, and will lean far toward the woman disguise side of the question. Variou
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