Jefferson Davis's Letter to Walker (Cleburne's Proposal)

Confederate Correspondence, Orders, And Returns Relating To Operations In Southwestern Virginia, Kentucky, Tennessee, Mississippi, Alabama, West Florida, And Northern Georgia.--#24
O.R.--SERIES I--VOLUME LII/2 [S# 110]

RICHMOND, VA., January 13, 1864.

General W. H. T. WALKER,
Army of Tennessee, Dalton, Ga.:

        GENERAL: I have received your letter, with its inclosure, informing me of the propositions submitted to a meeting of the general officers on the 2d instant, and thank you for the information. Deeming it to be injurious to the public service that such a subject should be mooted, or even known to be entertained by persons possessed of the confidence and respect of the people, I have concluded that the best policy under the circumstances will be to avoid all publicity, and the Secretary of War has therefore written to General Johnston requesting him to convey to those concerned my desire that it should be kept private. If it be kept out of the public journals its ill effect will be much lessened.

Very respectfully and truly, yours,
JEFFERSON DAVIS.

Source:  Official Records of the War of the Rebellion

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