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Jacksonville (Florida, United States) (search for this): chapter 42
y separated, Colonel Harnden to rejoin his command, already an hour or more in advance, and Colonel Pritchard continuing his march along the south side of the Ocmulgee. It will be remembered that Colonel Pritchard began his march from the vicinity 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 particularly directed to the crossings of the Ocmulgee river, between Hawkinsville and Jacksonville, near the mouth of the Ohoopee, with the object of intercepting Davis and such other rebel chiefs as might be making their way out of the country by the roads in that region. I{e had, however, not gone more than three miles from Abbeville before he obtained from a negro man (perhaps the same one which Harnden had met previously) such additional information in regard to the party as convinced him that it was his duty to join in the pursuit. In this he was clearly right, and had he done o
Talladega (Alabama, United States) (search for this): chapter 42
tgomery, Columbus, West Point, and Macon; while a detached brigade, under Croxton, moved rapidly in the same direction, by a more northern route, through Jasper, Talladega, and La Grange. The limits of this sketch forbid a detailed narrative of how these gallant troopers captured the last stronghold of the Confederacy, pausing in bal instructions were also given to other brigade and division commanders to make similar detachments. General Croxton 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 wason, with the main body of the First Division, in reserve near Macon, had sent a detachment to the mountain region of Alabama, marching by the way of Carrolton to Talladega, another through Northeastern Georgia toward North Carolina, and was also engaged in watching the Ocmulgee from the right of Upton's Division to Macon, and in sc
Kalamazoo (Michigan, United States) (search for this): chapter 42
of the men of our regiment who were present at the capture, and I think Lieutenant James Vernor, of Detroit, has their address. J. G. Dickinson, Late Adjutant Fourth Michigan Cavalry. Through the kindness of Major Robert Burns, of Kalamazoo, Michigan, I 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 Cavalry, together with a letter from Maoff his disguise and said he thought our government more magnanimous than to be chasing up women and children. This is as near right as I could see it at the time. George Munger. The following letter from Colonel Burns explains itself: Kalamazoo, October 21st, 1877. My Dear General:--Inclosed you will find some further memoranda in regard to the Davis disguise question. On Friday evening Bee came to my house and made and signed the statement, a copy of which I inclose. He had rece
Georgia (Georgia, United States) (search for this): chapter 42
as I proceed south through South Carolina and Georgia, and I shall expect to retain no man beyond tton, just within the northeastern boundary of Georgia, they had long since learned the hopelessnessmarch through the richer parts of Alabama and Georgia, for the purpose of destroying the railroad c taking possession of the important points in Georgia, and paroling the rebel prisoners, who might zen, now a prominent lawyer and politician in Georgia, who had seen him at Charlotte, North Carolinthe westward through the hilly country of Northern Georgia. To prevent this, Colonel Eggleston was per crossings of the Savannah river, in Northeastern Georgia, Yoeman with his detachment, looking asth railroad communication through most of Northern Georgia, and with a division of four thousand Natuthwestern Railroad, and in Western and Southwestern Georgia. Detachments of the Seventh Pennsylvanay, having informed me by telegraph, from Western Georgia, the day before, that he would start for [8 more...]
Texas (Texas, United States) (search for this): chapter 42
rth 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. Various conversations he had with Mrs. Davis, he says, will substantiate the fact that she denied nothing
Schoolcraft, Michigan (Michigan, United States) (search for this): chapter 42
with scorn and contempt, turned to Mrs. Clay and exclaimed, a common nigger's shawl. She then handed me two shawls very similar in appearance and told me to take my choice, adding that she did dress Mr. Davis in her attire and would not deny it, at the same time expressing great surprise that the Secretary of War should want her clothing to exhibit, as if she had not already been sufficiently humiliated. The letter of Corporal Munger, directed to Colonel Burns, is as follows: Schoolcraft, Michigan, October 29th, 1877. Dear Sir :--Yours of the 20th, asking for a statement of my participation in the capture of Davir, is at hand. I have had a great many calls for a statement from almost every State in the Union. I just received one from the Tribune office last week. I thought I would not say anything about it. There has been a great deal said by different ones regarding the capture of Davis. They all seem to differ more or less. If I should make a statement it would not c
Savannah (Mississippi, United States) (search for this): chapter 42
nd should resume active operations and endeavor to arrest the fugitive rebel chiefs. He sent numerous telegrams urging the greatest possible exertions, but as we had already anticipated orders, and disposed of our forces to the best possible advantage, there was nothing left but to notify him of what we had done, and to assure him that unless Davis should undertake to escape as an individual fugitive, we had no doubt of securing him. After a rapid march toward the upper crossings of the Savannah river, in Northeastern Georgia, Yoeman with his detachment, looking as much like rebels as the rebels themselves, joined Davis' party escorted by five small brigades of cavalry, and continued with them several days, watching for an opportunity to seize and carry off the rebel chief; but this daring purpose was frustrated by the vigilance of the rebel escort. At Washington, Georgia, the rebel authorities heard that Atlanta was occupied by our troops, and that they could not pass that point wi
Hampton Roads (Virginia, United States) (search for this): chapter 42
Davis in the course of conversation on our way back to Macon while halting to feed and rest our horses, she being in the ambulance at the time. Therefore, although I did not see Mr. Davis in the disguise of a woman, I had Mrs. Davis' word that she did disguise him that he might make his escape. If further proof is wanting, let me add, that upon our arrival at Fortress Monroe with our prisoners, acting under orders of the Secretary of War, I was sent on board of the Clyde, then lying in Hampton Roads, to get the shawl (the waterproof having been obtained the day previous by Colonel Pritchard) worn by 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 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 grac
Cuthbert (Georgia, United States) (search for this): chapter 42
engaged in watching the Ocmulgee from the right of Upton'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 near Macon, was scouting the country to the southeast, watching the lower crossings of the Ocmulgee, and had small parties at all the important points on the Southwestern Railroad, and in Western and Southwestern Georgia. Detachments of the Seventh Pennsylvania Cavalry occupied Cuthbert, Eufaula, Columbus and Bainbridge, and kept a vigilant watch over the lower Flint and Chattahoochee, while General McCook, with a detachment of his division at Albany, and seven hundred men between there and Tallahassee, Florida, was scouting the country to the north and eastward. We also had rail and telegraphic communication from my headquarters at Macon with Atlanta, Augusta, West Point, Milledgeville, Albany and Eufaula, and, finally, Palmer, in hot haste, was approaching the line of t
Mississippi (United States) (search for this): chapter 42
n of hostilities by the surrender of General Johnston, and all the forces under his command east of the Chattahoochee. This was on the 27th of April. Immediately afterward, I disposed of my troops for the purpose of taking possession of the important points in Georgia, and paroling the rebel prisoners, who might have to pass through them in order to reach their homes. I felt certain, from what I could learn, that Davis and his Cabinet would endeavor to escape to the west side of the Mississippi river, notwithstanding the armistice and capitulation; and, therefore, gave instructions to the different detachments of the corps to look out for and capture him, and all other persons of rank or authority with whom they might come in contact. On the 28th of April, General Upton was ordered, with a detachment of his division, to proceed by rail to Augusta, while the rest of the division, under General Winslow, was ordered to march by the most direct route to Atlanta, a regiment under Co
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