Halfway through his 2006 best seller, “Manhunt”—which chronicles the pursuit of John Wilkes Booth following the murder of Abraham Lincoln—James Swanson mentions “another sensational manhunt” that was just then getting under way. But he says almost nothing else about the flight of Jefferson Davis. It began in Richmond, Va., on April 2, 1865, and ended 38 days later with the Confederate president’s capture in rural Georgia.
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