on from General Lee in regard to the accumulation of rations at Amelia Court-House. . . . The second or third day after the evacuation, I recollect you said to General Lee in my presence that you had a large number of rations (I think eighty thousand) at a convenient point on the railroad, and desired to know where you should place them.
The General replied that the military situation made it impossible to answer.
In a letter of the date of September, 1865, Lieutenant Colonel Thomas G. Williams, assistant commissary general, wrote to General St. John, and from his letter I make the following extract:
On the morning of April 2, 1865, the chief commissary of General Lee's army was asked by telegram what should be done with the stores in Richmond.
No reply was received until night; he then suggested that, if Richmond was not safe, they might be sent up on the Richmond and Danville Railroad.
As the evacuation of Richmond was then actively progressing it was impracticable to mo