Wilson: “Colonel Pritchard, commanding Fourth Michigan Cavalry, captured Jeff. Davis and family”

Jeff Davis has finally been captured.  I received a copy of the following telegram sent by Gen. Wilson to Sec. Stanton.

MACON, GA., May 12, 1865 – 11 a. m.

Honorable E. M. STANTON,

Secretary of War:

I have the honor to report that at daylight of the 10th instant Colonel Pritchard, commanding Fourth Michigan Cavalry, captured Jeff. Davis and family; Reagan, Postmaster-General; Colonel Harrison, private secretary; Colonel Johnston, aide-de-camp; Colonel Morris, Colonel Lubbock, Lieutenant Hathaway, and others. Colonel Pritchard surprised their camp at Irwinville, in Irwin County, Ga., seventy-five miles southeast of this place. The prisoners will be here to-morrow night, and will be forwarded under strong guard without delay. I will send further particulars at once.

J. H. WILSON,

Brevet Major-General.

The Papers of Ulysses S Grant, Vol 15, p 29

O.R., I, xlix, part 2, p 733-4

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