Flight into Oblivion

Flight into Oblivion

Flight into Oblivion

Flight into Oblivion

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CHAPTER I
WHERE, AFTER THE FALL OF RICHMOND?

THE violence of the emotional storm which swept both North and South at the beginning of April, 1865, was bewildering in its intensity, whether produced by whiskey or faith, by despair or hope, by determined energy or helpless exhaustion. The curses it provoked were as ferocious as its prayers were fervent. Virginia was the focal point of the divided nation. The First Lady of the Confederacy, Mrs. Jefferson Davis, and her four small children left the Confederate capital the last day of March, 1865, to seek refuge south of Richmond. When at parting her husband held her in a farewell embrace it was with the feeling that he might never see her again.

"If you cannot remain undisturbed in our country," President Davis told her, "make for the Florida coast and take a ship there for a foreign country." Colonel Burton N. Harrison . . .

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