Johnston To Seddon Correspondence (Cleburne Proposal)

Confederate Correspondence, Orders, And Returns Relating To Operations In Southwestern Virginia, Kentucky, Tennessee, Mississippi, Alabama, West Florida, And Northern Georgia.--#25
O.R.--SERIES I--VOLUME LII/2 [S# 110]

DALTON, February 2, 1864.

Hon. JAMES A. SEDDON,
Secretary of War:

        SIR: I had the honor to receive the letter in which you express the views of the President in relation to the memorial of Major-General Cleburne on the 31st ultimo, and immediately transmitted his instructions in your own language to the officers concerned. None of the officers to whom the memorial was read favored the scheme; and Major General Cleburne, as soon as that appeared, voluntarily announced that he would be governed by the opinion of those officers, and put away his paper. The manner of strengthening our armies by using negroes was discussed, and no other thought practicable than that which I immediately promised to the President. I regarded this discussion as confidential, and understood it to be so agreed before the party separated. This and General Cleburne's voluntary promise prevented any apprehension in my mind of the agitation of the subject of the memorial. I have had no reason since to suppose that it made any impression.

Most respectfully, your obedient servant,
J. E. JOHNSTON,
General.

Source:  Official Records of the War of the Rebellion

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