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of the division, under General Winslow, was ordered to march by the most direct route to Atlanta, a regiment under Colonel Eggleston having been sent by rail to that place immediately after the receipt of the telegram just mentioned from General Shand endeavor to escape by marching to the westward through the hilly country of Northern Georgia. To prevent this, Colonel Eggleston was directed to watch the country in all directions from Atlanta. General A. J. Alexander, with the Second Brigade was directed to send a small party toward Talladega, by the route upon which he had marched from that place; while Colonel Eggleston was directed to send another party by rail to West Point. By these means it was believed that all considerable detd Griffin and Jonesboroa, closely watching the crossing of the Ocmulgee, and scouting the country to the eastward. Colonel Eggleston, commanding the post of Atlanta, had also sent a detachment to West Point, to watch the Alabama line in that quart
Edward A. Pollard (search for this): chapter 42
thern Confederacy, Gathered Behind the Scenes in Richmond, by Edward A. Pollard, author of The lost cause, etc., an octavo volume bearing theresuming upon its favors as natural rights or irrevocable gifts, Mr. Pollard goes on to add: Rienzi, at another time, attempted to esand was thus painfully hurried in its evacuation of its capital, Mr. Pollard says, in the work from which I am quoting: The statement is untr, 505, 506, and 507.) I do not undertake to decide as to whether Mr. Pollard or Mr. Reagan is more worthy of belief. My aim is merely to givch I make the statements in this narrative. The declarations of Mr. Pollard are sufficiently explicit to.justify me in their quotation., thal Munger. The following account of Davis' capture is taken from Pollard's work, previously mentioned: But the last device of the dislence to the facts of history. It will be observed that even Mr. Pollard admits that Mrs. Davis besought her husband to escape, and urgin
gons near the outskirts of the town, and that they had all gone toward the south together. This colored man had evidently made careful and discreet observation of all that took place, and told his story so circumstantially that Colonel Harnden could not help believing it. The ferryman was called up, and examined, but, either through stupidity or design, succeeded in withholding whatever he knew in regard to the case. But, in view of the facts already elicited, after detailing Lieutenant Lane and sixty men to remain at Dublin, and to scout the country in all directions, particularly toward the sea-coast, Colonel Harnden and the rest of his party, not exceeding, in all, seventy-five men, took to horse, at an early hour in the morning, and began the pursuit of the party just mentioned. Five miles south of Dublin, he obtained information, from a woman of the country, living in a cabin by the roadside, which left him no room to doubt that he was on the track of Davis in person. He
John Brown (search for this): chapter 42
ave been one of great toil to both men and horses, as they had marched forty miles through an almost unbroken forest, most of the time under a beating rain, or in the water up to their saddle girths. They bivouacked, after dark, on the borders of a dark and gloomy swamp, and sleeping on the ground, without tents, during the night, they were again drenched with rain. Before daylight of the 9th, they renewed their march, their route leading almost southwest through swamp and wilderness to Brown's ferry, where they crossed to the south side of the Ocmulgee river. The bed of the river was too treacherous and its banks too steep to permit the crossing to be made by swimming, which would have been most expeditious, so the impatient colonel had to use the ferry-boat; and, in his hurry to ferry his command over rapidly, the boat was overloaded, and a plank near the bow sprung loose, causing the boat to leak badly. No means were at hand with which to make repairs, and hence lighter boat
es. In the meditations of his journey through North Carolina, the fugitive President, although anxious for his personal safety, appears to have conceived the alternative of venturing to the Southwest, within reach of the forces of Taylor and Forrest, in the hope of reviving the fortunes of the Confederacy within a limited territory. He suggested the alternative to General Breckenridge, as they traveled together, after the news of Johnston's surrender, but received only an evasive reply, thftain to renew his flight, but while hurrying onward, some fatuity induced him to change his plans and to adopt the alternative of trying to push through the Southwest toward the region which he fondly believed to be yet under the domination of Forrest, Taylor, and Kirby Smith, and within which he hoped to revive the desperate fortunes of the rebellion. He confided his hopes to Breckenridge, and when he reached Abbeville, South Carolina, he called a council of war to deliberate upon the plan
G. W. Smith (search for this): chapter 42
hnston, though not till after the city had fallen into our possession. During my conference with Generals Cobb and G. W. Smith, on the evening of the 20th of April, I received conclusive information in regard to Lee's surrender, and the course ok drawing out no reply, I asked squarely if Lee had surrendered. Cobb still declined to answer, whereupon I turned to G. W. Smith, a graduate of West Point, and formerly in the regular army, and repeated the question, remarking that my future course would depend materially upon his reply. Smith also hesitated, but seeing that it was wiser to be frank, he acknowledged that Lee's army had been defeated and compelled to surrender. I replied at once, If that is the case, every man killed hereafno consideration could have induced me to confirm your suspicions in reference to that matter; but when you turned to General Smith with the same question, he answered frankly and without hesitation, telling you the whole truth as clearly and withou
William P. Stedman (search for this): chapter 42
am enabled also to quote the statements of Private Andrew Bee, Corporal George Munger, and William P. Stedman, and an extract from a letter of Captain Charles T. Hudson, all of the Fourth Michigan CavI took for Tibbet, of E Company. Davis then halted and turned to go back to the tent. William P. Stedman, Company B, Fourth Michigan Cavalry. Captain Charles T. Hudson, Fourth Michigan Cavalryen to me at my request, and speaks for itself. He, too, gives Davis a good start, as does also Stedman. Stedman corroborates pretty closely Bee's story as to what occurred in front of the tent. Th or writing, and agree pretty well in the main. Bee says he does not recollect any such man as Stedman, though he may have been present. I did not ask him anything about Stedman until after he had Stedman until after he had finished and signed his version. I have written to George Munger, corporal of C Company, and expect to get his story in a few days. Being somewhat interested in the question, I have, whenever I cam
Clement C. Clay (search for this): chapter 42
y Davis at the time of his capture. Upon making known my business to Mrs. Davis, she and Mrs. Clement C. Clay, particularly the latter, flew into a towering rage, and Mrs. Clay, stamping her foot on Mrs. Clay, stamping her foot on the deck of the vessel, advised Mrs. Davis to shed her blood before submitting to further outrage. After telling Mrs. Davis that my orders were imperative, and that she had better submit gracefully ars for it. Upon presenting it to her, she held it up, and, with scorn and contempt, turned to Mrs. Clay and exclaimed, a common nigger's shawl. She then handed me two shawls very similar in appearafely into the custody of the Secretary of War. I also placed in his charge the person of Clement C. Clay, Jr., for whose arrest a reward had been offered by the President. Mr. Clay surrendered himseMr. Clay surrendered himself at Macon, about the 11th of May, having informed me by telegraph, from Western Georgia, the day before, that he would start for my headquarters without delay. Alexander it. Stephens, Vice Presiden
George H. Thomas (search for this): chapter 42
leaving North Alabama, he had instructed me to report, with my entire corps, except Kilpatrick's Division, to Major General George H. Thomas, to assist in the operations against Hood. It was the intention of General Sherman, however, as developed inmies were then moving. In the campaign terminating at Macon, I had actually started under the direct instructions of General Thomas, but with the amplest latitude of an independent commander, transmitted through him from General Grant, the commanderwas declared null and void by the Secretary of War; but, at least one day before I had been advised of this, through General Thomas, I received from General Sherman a dispatch, in cipher, informing me of the formal termination of hostilities by the d his admiration for the surprising skill and persistency of Grant, the brilliancy of Sherman, and the solid qualities of Thomas. In the course of our conversation, he referred to Mr. Lincoln, and his untimely death, speaking of him in terms of resp
R. H. G. Minty (search for this): chapter 42
ch the line of the Ocmulgee river from the mouth of Yellow creek to Macon. General Minty, commanding the Second Division--general Long having been wounded at Selma at Davis would try to escape into Florida became so strong, that I sent for General Minty, commanding the Second Division, and directed him also to select his best rl they should overtake and capture the party of whom they were in pursuit. General Minty selected his own regiment, the Fourth Michigan Cavalry, commanded by Lieuteon's Division to Macon, and in scouting the country to his front and rear. General Minty, commanding the Second Division, with the main body well in hand, also nearinity of Macon, on the evening of May 7th, under verbal orders given him by General Minty, in pursuance of instructions from corps headquarters. His attention was pe 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
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