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Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP21 Jun 2013 9:11 p.m. PST

"On May 7, 1865, with a detachment of the 4th Michigan Cavalry, we left Macon, Ga., about 8 p.m. with four hundred and nineteen men and ten officers. We rode all night, and by 8 a.m. of May 8 we had covered thirty-six miles. We halted and rested until about 1 p.m., when we started again, and marched fifteen miles farther, making a total of fifty-one miles in twenty-four hours. We encamped for the night about three or four miles below Hawkinsville. It must have been about four o'clock on the morning of the 9th when we broke camp and moved to Abbeville, where our officer in charge was informed that a train of ten or twelve wagons and two ambulances had crossed the Ocmulgee River at Brown's Ferry, about one and a half miles above, at twelve o'clock on the previous night. At Abbeville we saw Lieutenant Colonel [Henry] Har[n]den, of the 1st Wisconsin Cavalry, who informed our men that he with a force of seventy-five men was following on the track of Jefferson Davis, and that his men were from two to three hours in advance…"
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The President of the Confederation had not even a guard?
There were not a Presidential Guard from the South?.


Splintered Light Miniatures Sponsoring Member of TMP21 Jun 2013 9:27 p.m. PST

Iirc, he was escorted at first by cadets from the CSN academy, but at some point they were each given a gold piece from the reserve and told to go home. I believe the Confederate White House had been guarded by men from an Invalid battalion.

KonfederateKief22 Jun 2013 4:52 a.m. PST

This is an interesting event for me and a book I really enjoyed was The Long Surrender by Burke Davis and in it he says a) they had set up some scouts ahead of the camp but not behind, where the enemy came from and b) Straight from the book – "The president's party was only 60 strong, including women, children and servants. Captain Cambell's 10 Kentucky cavalrymen, a handful of soldiers from assorted units, armed teamsters and a few officers with side arms provided the protection for Davis and his family."

Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP22 Jun 2013 10:57 a.m. PST

Thanks for your guidance boys!.
A really tiny scort for the President of the Confederation.
Seems none of his Generals take care of him.


KonfederateKief22 Jun 2013 12:29 p.m. PST

Well Lee had surrendered. Johnston and Beauregard wanted him to give himself up, but Davis wished to cross over the Mississippi and link up with the Confederate armies that were still in the field

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