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Augusta (Georgia, United States) (search for this): chapter 42
n driven again on his journey by news of the occupation of Augusta. He had also received news of the assassination of Presid, with a detachment of his division, to proceed by rail to Augusta, while the rest of the division, under General Winslow, wa and spirited officer. In the meantime, General Upton, at Augusta, had sent me a dispatch advising me to offer a reward of olows: General Upton, with parts of two regiments, occupied Augusta, and kept a vigilant watch over the country in that vicini communication from my headquarters at Macon with Atlanta, Augusta, West Point, Milledgeville, Albany and Eufaula, and, finalt a skirmish line through that part of Georgia reaching to Augusta, but now diverted to his pursuit. The wicked and absurd s under strong escort, toward the North, by way of Atlanta, Augusta, and Savannah, arrangements for which had been already made following the one that Davis was on, were sent as far as Augusta, to thwart any attempt which might be made to rescue the d
Newton (Florida, United States) (search for this): chapter 42
ven hundred men, was directed to proceed by rail to. Albany, Georgia, and march thence by the most direct route to Tallahassee, Florida, while General Croxton, with the remainder of this division, was held at Macon, with orders issued subsequently tooochee, 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 headq to fifteen thousand horsemen, were occupying a well defined and almost continuous line from Kingston, Georgia, to Tallahassee, Florida, with detachments and scouts well out in all directions to the front and rear. With vigilance on the part of the ge and Toombs managed to escape, by traveling alone, and as rapidly as possible — the former having passed through Tallahassee, Florida, only a few hours before the arrival of General McCook at that place. Both of his sons were captured, and, after
Gaylesville (Alabama, United States) (search for this): chapter 42
legitimate part of his command, wherever he might be. It will be remembered that General Sherman, with the main body of his army, was at that time in North Carolina, moving northward. Before 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 in frequent conversations with me while lying at Gaylesville, Alabama, in October, 1864, that as soon as Hood could be disposed of, and the cavalry could be reorganized and remounted, I should gather together every man and horse that could be made fit for service, and march through the richer parts of Alabama and Georgia, for the purpose of destroying the railroad communications and supplies of the rebels, and bringing my force into the theatre of operations, toward which all of our great armies were then moving. In the campaign terminating at Macon, I
Ohoopee (Georgia, United States) (search for this): chapter 42
e Second Division, and directed him also to select his best regiment, and order it to march without delay to the southeastward along the northern bank of the Ocmulgee river, watching all the crossings between Hawkinsville and the mouth of the Ohoopee river. In case of discovering the trail of the fugitives, they were directed to follow it to the Gulf coast, or till they should overtake and capture the party of whom they were in pursuit. General Minty selected his own regiment, the Fourth Mich, 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
St. Louis (Missouri, United States) (search for this): chapter 42
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. Many thanks for your account in the weekly times of our great ride. It is very interesting. Yours, very truly, Robert Burns. Major General J. H. Wilson, St. Louis. After quoting the foregoing documents, which all candid readers will admit to be entirely conclusive on the question of the disguise, I have only to add that all the statements made by me herein, or elsewhere (not only in reference to this question but to the question of the behavior of Davis at the time of his capture), are based upon the written — and verbal reports made by the officers and men immediately after the events to which they referred. This is especially true of the conv
Atlanta (Georgia, United States) (search for this): chapter 42
ly Johnston had been hustled off the stage of Atlanta. True, he had now been restored to command; ordered to march by the most direct route to Atlanta, a regiment under Colonel Eggleston having bed to watch the country in all directions from Atlanta. General A. J. Alexander, with the Second Bron, Georgia, the rebel authorities heard that Atlanta was occupied by our troops, and that they couour thousand National cavalry operating about Atlanta, it would have been next to impossible for a all the crossings of the Ocmulgee river, from Atlanta to Hawkinsville, to be watched with renewed vhe 6th of May. As soon as it was known at Atlanta that Davis' cavalry escort had disbanded, Genthe larger part of Upton's Division, occupied Atlanta, and scouted the country in all directions frmunication from my headquarters at Macon with Atlanta, Augusta, West Point, Milledgeville, Albany aer strong escort, toward the North, by way of Atlanta, Augusta, and Savannah, arrangements for whic[1 more...]
Raleigh (North Carolina, United States) (search for this): chapter 42
s 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 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 came across anything in the papers relating to it, been in the 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 Texa
Lynchburg (Virginia, United States) (search for this): chapter 42
rief accounts of the operations of General Grant about Petersburg, and from which, making allowance for rebel suppressions, it was supposed the Army of the Potomac had gained a decisive victory. It was stated that Davis and the rebel government had already gone to Danville, but that their cause was not yet lost. On the 14th and 15th information was received confirmatory of Lee's defeat, and the evacuation of Richmond. It was also reported that Grant was pressing the rebel army back upon Lynchburg. From these facts, together with the many rumors from all quarters, indicative of unusual excitement among the rebels, there was little room to doubt that they had met with a great disaster in Virginia; but, as a matter of course, no definite or reliable information as to the extent of the disaster or the probable course that would be adopted by the rebel government could obtained. It was assumed, however, that the rebel leaders would either endeavor to concentrate the remnant of their f
Joseph E. Johnston (search for this): chapter 42
We have seen how unceremoniously and cruelly Johnston had been hustled off the stage of Atlanta. Ttion. The President spoke at length. General Johnston sat at as great a distance from him as thspeaking, he remained profoundly silent. General Johnston, Mr. Davis said, we should like to now hesay, General Beauregard? I concur in all General Johnston has said, he replied. There was another man to prepare an interview. No, replied General Johnston-probably anxious to show a mark of defere disappointed. Again, when he had sought General Johnston's demoralized and inconsiderable army, ittold almost at every mile, by stragglers from Johnston's command, was not calculated to inspire themthe Secretary of War, was sent to confer with Johnston, but found him only in time to assist in drawistice concluded between Generals Sherman and Johnston, though not till after the city had fallen innation of hostilities by the surrender of General Johnston, and all the forces under his command eas[8 more...]
Billy Sherman (search for this): chapter 42
sanity, in attempting to hold this city after Sherman's army had flanked it, is difficult to imaginat once, and on the spot, address a letter to Sherman to prepare an interview. No, replied Generalrested by the armistice concluded between Generals Sherman and Johnston, though not till after the cr. Originally organized as a corps under General Sherman, the commanding general of the Military r he might be. It will be remembered that General Sherman, with the main body of his army, was at teived by telegraph, in a short time, from General Sherman, that he had actually concluded an armist, through General Thomas, I received from General Sherman a dispatch, in cipher, informing me of thceipt of the telegram just mentioned from General Sherman. General E. M. McCook, with a detachment to state, that in declaring the armistice of Sherman void, the Secretary of War had directed that l and persistency of Grant, the brilliancy of Sherman, and the solid qualities of Thomas. In the c[5 more...]
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