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General Joseph E. Johnston, Narrative of Military Operations During the Civil War, Chapter 12 (search)
d myself were summoned to the President's office in an hour or two, and found Messrs. Benjamin, Mallory, and Reagan, with him. We had supposed that we were to be questioned concerning the military rortunity to do so be given me. General Breckenridge promised to make me this opportunity. Mr. Mallory came to converse with me on the subject, and showed great anxiety that negotiations to end th such a suggestion would come more properly from one of his constitutional advisers, but told Mr. Mallory of my conversation with General Breckenridge. That gentleman fulfilled his engagement pro by the President to express their opinions on the important question. General Breckenridge, Mr. Mallory, and Mr. Reagan, thought that the war was decided against us; and that it was absolutely neceat this course might be adopted at once, I proposed that he should dictate the letter then to Mr. Mallory, who was a good penman, and that I should sign and send it to the Federal commander immediate