The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 42, July 1938 - April, 1939 Page: 417
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from the Trans-Mississippi West, was finally prevailed upon to
attempt to continue his retreat by water from Florida's east
coast. Charles E. Thornborn, late naval purchasing agent and
blockade-runner de luxe, was given the responsibility of directing
the journey by water. But the services of the boat which he had
made ready were never utilized, for, in the early morning of
May 10, the executive party of fewer than a dozen was overtaken
by Federal troops and Davis was soon a prisoner in Fortress
After following the trails of the President, the Vice-President,
and other high officials to prison, the author takes up the
dramatically thrilling adventures of three Cabinet members-
Attorney General George Davis, Secretary of War John C. Breckin-
ridge, and Secretary of State Judah P. Benjamin-and narrates
them in an entertaining manner.
The facts for this uncommonly interesting "narrative have been
drawn from the writings of the Confederate President and Cab-
inet and those who accompanied them, from supplementary manu-
scripts, from official and unofficial reports and records, from
English and American magazines and newspapers, and from other
contemporary sources. Two members of the Cabinet wrote their
accounts on the high seas while escaping to Europe. Others set
down their recollections in prisons." The author has used maps,
official records, and other reference material to correct the errors
that were unavoidably made in the accounts that the participants
John Rae has supplied the illustrations that "clarify the narra-
tive and stir the imagination to a clearer understanding of the
conditions." The author's account, always clear and effective, is
further illuminated by Carl Gillette Alvord's maps ably executed
for this volume by Allen Clague. The end papers are the work
of William Lytle. There is an excellent annotated bibliography,
from a mere reading of which the reviewer has detected only one
title that might have been included, namely, B. H. Good, "John
Henninger Reagan," a Ph. D. thesis in The University of Texas
Library, 1932. There is an adequate index.
The emphasis in this book is frankly upon the President and a
minority of his executive associates, whose romantic efforts to
escape from a vindictive foe have been neglected by historians.
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