‘Mr. Davis Was Exceedingly Depressed’ – The Rebel President Arrives Before Hampton Roads

May 21, 1865 (Sunday)

On Board Steamer Clyde, Off Fortress Monroe, May 21, 1865. Major-General Halleck, U.S. Army:

Sir: I have the honor to report the following-named prisoners and persons remaining in my custody on board this steamer after having made the transfers directed in your order of the 20th instant, viz: Jeff. Davis and family (a. wife and four children); Clement C. Clay and wife; Victor Maulin, major of artillery; George V. Moody, captain of artillery; Leland Hathaway, lieutenant of cavalry; Jeff. D. Howell, midshipman; William W. Munroe, private; John Messick, private; Miss Maggie Howell, sister of Mrs. Davis; two waiting maids, one white and one colored.

I am. sir, very respectfully, your obedient servant,
B. D. PRITCHARD, Lieutenant-Colonel Fourth Michigan Cavalry.

Jefferson Davis
Jefferson Davis

John Reagan, Confederate Treasury Secretary:

At Augusta we were joined by Vice-President Stephens and General Wheeler, who had also been arrested. At Savannah we were all placed on a sternwheel steamer for the trip to Hampton Roads. Shortly after reaching there, Vice-President Stephens and I received notice that we were to go to Fort Warren, H Boston harbor.

Virginia Clay, Wife of Clement Clay:

Our journey on the Clyde, though sorrowful, apprehensive as we were concerning the fate to which the prisoners were being led, was otherwise uneventful. Mr. Davis was exceedingly depressed, and moved restlessly about, seeming scarcely ever to desire to sit down. Always an intellectual cosmopolite, however, he made observations on the natural phenomena about us, commenting from time to time on the beauty of sea or sky. Our meals, which were served at a table reserved for the prisoners, by no means represented the fare of the coastwise steamers of to-day, but few of us were in a mood to take note of culinary deficiencies.


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