eckinridge, Sec. War,—Your dispatch received.
We have to save the people, save the blood of the army, and save the high civil functionaries.
Your plan, I think, can only do the last.
We ought to prevent invasion, make terms for our troops, and give an escort of our best cavalry to the President, who ought to move without loss of a moment.
Commanders believe the troops will not fight again.
We think your plan impracticable.
Major-General Wilson, U. S. A., has captured Macon, with Major-Generals Cobb and G. W. Smith, Brigadiers Mackall, Mercer, and the garrison.
Federal papers announce capture of Mobile, with three thousand prisoners. J. E. Johnston, General
[Cypher.] Charlotte, N. C., April 24, 1865, 11 P. M.
Gen'l J. E. Johnston, Greensboro, N. C.,—Does not your suggestion about disbanding refer to the infantry and most of the artillery?
If it be necessary to disband these, they might still save their small arms and find their way to some appointed rendezvous.
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