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In Their Own Words

October 29, 1863

Meeting with Jefferson Davis Recorded

Atlanta merchant Samuel P. Richards had the unexpected pleasure of meeting Confederate Pres. Jefferson Davis, who was passing through Atlanta on way to Richmond, Va. after having visited Braxton Bragg’s forces at Chattanooga. As Richards recorded in his diary:

“We had a call from President Davis tonight and I had a short conversation with him, that in, he asked me if Mrs. McLean was in and I replied that she was, and forthwith took him up to her room with the aide who came with him, and they stayed an hour up there. Mrs. McLean has an extensive Military acquaintance; the President – Gen’s Polk, Hindman, Buckner and others are constant friends and visitors.”

Source: Franklin M. Garrett, Atlanta and Its Environs: A Chronicle of Its People and Events (Athens: University of Georgia Press, 1969 reprint of original 1954 volume), p. 559.