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    [Jefferson Davis]. Orders and Telegrams Regarding the Investigation of Further Charges Against Jefferson Davis. Confederate President Jefferson Davis fled the Confederate capital at Richmond to Danville, Virginia, in the first days of April 1865 as Grant was preparing to take the city. Three days after the surrender of Robert E. Lee on April 9, Davis issued his last order as president and fled to farther south to Greensboro, North Carolina. He met with his Cabinet for a final time in Georgia on May 5 and thereby dissolved the government. He and his wife were captured by Union forces five days later.

    On May 20, General Jacob D. Cox received a cipher dispatch from General John Schofield, one page, 8" x 10.5", Raleigh, May 20, [1865], reading in full: "The secretary of War is Informed that Jeff Davis while at Charlotte Exulted over the murder of President Lincoln and Expressed the wish that Vice President Johnson should also be Killed. Please Investigate the matter thoroughly and report the facts. If the report proves correct send the witnesses to Washington." Docketed on the verso, the letter was forwarded to General Thomas H. Ruger reading, in part: "Although it is supposed that the person herein referred to is the Mr. Bates who was ordered to Washington, through previous instructions sent from these Hd. Qrs.." Toned edges and folds.

    The previous day, a similar dispatch was sent to General Cox from General Schofield via the South Express Company regarding the above mentioned Mr. Bates: "Secretary of war directs that Mr. L. F. Bates Superintendent of the Southern Express Company be sent to him in Washington at once on Important business Mr Bates is at Charlotte send an officer to conduct him to Washington to Insure his reaching that place speedly [sic] and with certainty I dont understand that he is to be arrested or that theres any charge against him but his presence in Washington Quickly is Important answer." On May 21, Ruger, commanding the 1st Division at Charlotte, North Carolina, ordered Bates to " once proceed from this place to Washington D. C. and report in person to the Secretary of War."

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