The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 39, July 1935 - April, 1936 Page: 4
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Southwestern Historical Quarterly
sentatives, some as seekers of appointments of the newly organized
government-the most distinguished of whom were Alexander H.
Stephens and Robert Toombs of Georgia. While there at the hotel
I witnessed all of the elements that I had read of describing the
French Revolution of 1792, 93 and 94 except the bloodshed. It
was decidedly the most exciting and interesting time of my life.
Having become tired of waiting for my congressman, Colonel
Sexton, to assist me in getting an appointment as a lieutenant in
the Army of the Confederate States, I requested Judge John H.
Reagan, post-master general, to introduce me to President Davis
which he took great pleasure in doing and also, in recommending
me. This was in the latter part of March, 1861. Judge Reagan
requested me to wait until the next day at nine o'clock when the
president would be alone in his private room. When I was intro-
duced to the president I remarked to him that I brought no letters
of recommendation, but I showed him my diploma of graduation
from Kentucky Military Institute. He looked at it and recognized
Colonel Morgan's signature, Colonel Morgan having been his class-
mate at West Point. He unhesitatingly remarked that I should
have the appointment, and I gave him my card.
About two weeks later I received orders to report to General
Bragg at Pensacola, Florida. I was ordered to report first thing
to the quarter-master's department. Some time in May, 1861,
early in my military career and just before I was relieved at my
own request from duty in the quarter-master's department, General
Bragg ordered me with a detail of five men, heavily armed, to go by
train from Pensacola to Montgomery, Alabama. There I received
from the Treasurer of the Confederate States two and one half
million dollars, five boxes in specie and two boxes in bank bills, the
first payment of the soldiers of Bragg's division stationed at Pen-
sacola and the navy yard. I had a private car for myself and
funds and the five guards. Which duty I performed and delivered
them to the paymaster. It was a responsibility that I told General
Bragg I hoped he would never place upon me again. That is the
kind of faith he had in me.
He sent me one night with orders-I had to ride nine miles to
Pensacola, Florida-to the First Georgia Regiment, the Fifth Ala-
bama Regiment, the First Florida Regiment and Drew's Battalion
to entrain immediately for Virginia. Colonel Drew was killed in
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