Pritchard, Benjamin D. – May 11, 1865

Michigan Civil War Collection Rare and Notable

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Regiment: 4th Michigan Cavalry

Battles Mentioned:

Historical Figures: Jefferson Davis

Hd. Qrs. 4 Mich. Cav.
Abbyville, Ga. May 11th 65

Capt. Scott
A.A.A.G. 2nd Divis.


I have the honor to
report that at daylight yesterday at Irwinsville I
surprised & captured Jeff Davis & family, together
with his wifes sister and brother, his Post Master Gen.
(Regan) his private Sec’y (Col. Harrison) Col. Johnson
A.D.C. on Jeffs staff, Col. Morriss, Col. Tubbick
Lt. Hathaway, also several unimportant names and
a train of 5 wagons & 3 ambulances
Making a most perfect success had not a
most painful mistake occurred by which the
the 4 Mich & 1st Wis collided which cost us
Two were killed & Lt. Boutell wounded through
the arm in the 4 Mich & three men wounded in
the 1st Wisconsin. This occurred just at
day light after we had Captured the Camp,
by the advance of the 1st Wis. not properly
answering our challenge, by which they were
mistaken for the enemy. I returned to
this point last night Shall move onto
Macon without awaiting orders from
you as directed feeling that the whole object
of the expedition are accomplished. It will
take me at least three days to reach
Macon we are 75 miles out & our stock
much wearied. I hope to reach Hawkinsville
to night.

I have the honor to be
Very Resply your obt Servt
B.D. Pritchard,
Lt Col. 4 Mich Cav

Capt Scott
A.A.A.G. 2nd Div.