BAILING JEFFERSON DAVIS
What promised to be the crowning cataclysm in Horace Greeley's career was his signing the bail bond which released Jefferson Davis, late President of the Southern Confederacy, from his durance in Fortress Monroe. Davis had been captured by a squadron of Michigan cavalry belonging to Major-General James H. Wilson's division on May 10, 1865, near Irwinsville, Georgia. It was claimed that he was caught dressed in his wife's skirts, and much was made of this story. It was not true. He did have a shawl and a feminine water-proof cloak over his shoulders, which gave rise to the yarn. Feeling was high over the assassination of Lincoln, and Davis was suspected of being responsible. He was accordingly sent to Fortress Monroe, on the steamer William P. Clyde, where Major-General Nelson A. Miles, then a most dashing young officer, caused irons to be placed on his ankles to prevent his wandering. Davis resisted, and four men held him while shackles were adjusted by the blacksmith. He was then locked in a cell. Four days later Secretary of War Stanton ordered the irons removed. Davis was, however, kept in a cell from May 22 to October 2, 1865, where General Miles took great pride in exhibiting him to visitors, to the captive's deep humiliation.