apprised; it is true the matter was hinted about at the date of the occurrence, but I now, for the first time, receive the information from the highest authority.
About the 26th of April, 1874, I met, in Mobile, the Honorable C. M. Conrad, of Louisiana.
We were each en route to New Orleans, and in the freedom of friendly conversation, we discussed without restraint the subject of the late war. General Johnston's book was referred to, when Mr. Conrad remarked that Mr. McFarland, of Richmond, Virginia, a volunteer aid on the staff of General Johnston at the time of his retreat from Yorktown — had informed him, during the war, that General Johnston said to him (Mr. McFarland), on the retreat from Yorktown, that he (Johnston) expected or intended to give up Richmond.
Mr. McFarland expostulated and protested; finally expressed to the Commanding General the hope that he would change his mind.
I at once observed to Mr. Conrad that this fact was truly an important link in the history of