National Geographic : 1961 Apr
Vizetelly witnesses the drama's last act NOW IT WAS OVER: Rich mond fell, and Lee surren dered at Appomattox Court House. Vizetelly, cut off from Eng land and surrounded by the ruins of the Confederacy, faded into the hec tic anarchy that swirled through the ravaged South. He made his way from Virginia to Gen. Joseph Johnston's army in North Carolina, one of the last major Confederate forces left in the field. There, with a veteran correspond ent's sure instinct, he picked up the trail of President Jefferson Davis, who had fled south from Richmond with remnants of his government. The only reporter with the party, Vizetelly recorded the hopeless, sad last days of the Confederacy. One sketch (right) showed Davis flanked by Gen. Braxton Bragg (in cap) and Secretary of State Judah P. Benja 490 KODACHROMEBY NATIONALGEOGRAPHICPHOTOGRAPHERTHOMASNEBBIA © N.G.S.