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    Tintype of Benjamin D. Pritchard: Commander of the 4th Michigan Cavalry Which Captured Jefferson Davis Cased oval tintype image measuring 2 1/4" X 2 3/4" sight size, image is in excellent condition, velvet covered case shows edge wear. Pictured wearing Brigadier General's frock coat, accompanied by his wife Mary Bentley Kent. Possibly taken at the time of their marriage or to commemorate Pritchard's promotion, as Mary's outfit seems to complement his. At Abbeyville, Georgia it was learned that Jefferson Davis's fleeing party had crossed the ferry over the Ocmulgee River and was moving southward toward Irwinville, Georgia. Lieutenant Colonel Pritchard, in command of the 4th Michigan Cavalry, marched the regiment rapidly down the river road and, after a 30-mile ride, reached Irwinville in advance of the Davis party. On discovering the Confederate President's encampment, two "women" were noticed moving rapidly away as the 4th Michigan approached. When stopped, it was revealed that one was Jefferson Davis wearing a shawl. This incident was used as the basis for the assertion that Davis had tried to elude capture by dressing himself as a woman. As a reward for making the capture, Colonel Pritchard was brevetted out of service as a Brigadier General. Included is an 1848 grammar book with stenciled name "B D Pritchard" on the fly leaf and two silver utensils monogrammed "MBK".




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    June, 2014
    7th Saturday
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