Old Enmities Were Forgotten
THE JOURNEY BACK TO MACON TOOK FOUR DAYS. Traveling only during daylight hours, the caravan moved slowly in a column of two's via Abbeville and Hawkinsville. During a stop at a Union cavalry camp, a regimental band struck up "Yankee Doodle." A Confederate officer riding beside Burton Harrison remembered the last time he had heard that tune. "It was at Fredericksburg," he said, "when a brass band came across the pontoon bridge with the [Union] column and occupied a house within range of my guns." A shot from rebel cannon had stopped the music that day in December 1862. There would be no such interruption in May 1865.1
During the afternoon of 11 May, a few miles from Hawkinsville, the rest of Pritchard's brigade joined the march. They brought word of the $100,000 reward for the Confederate president's capture. Davis remembered that the news caused "vociferous demonstrations of exultation." His wife later wrote, "There was a perceptible change in the manner of the soldiers from this time, and the jibes and insults heaped upon us as they passed by, notwithstanding Colonel Pritchard's efforts to suppress the expression of their detestation, were hard to bear." The captive president thought Pritchard behaved as badly as his men did. "So far as I know,"