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ill be brighter. If this cannot be done, our only hope is that the people of the Southwest will rally en masse with their private arms, and thus enable you to oppose the vast army which will threaten the destruction of our country. I have hoped to be able to leave here for a short time, and would be much gratified to confer with you, and share your responsibilities. I might aid you in obtaining troops; no one could hope to do more unless he underrated your military capacity. I write in great haste, and feel that it would be worse than useless to point out to you how much depends upon you. May God bless you is the sincere prayer of your friend, It will be observed that General Lee's letter (on page 551) was written the same day. Jefferson Davis. On the 25th of March General Johnston completed the concentration of his troops. On that day he wrote to the President from Corinth, My force is now united, holding Burnsville, Iuka, and Tuscumbia, with one division here.