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Chapter 62: leaving Charlotte.—The rumors of surrender. As time wore on all the news we received was of that kind which is reputed to travel fast, but did not over the broken railways, and tang
eadful rumor that General Lee was retreating, and the President and his cabinet were coming to Charlotte to meet General Johnston and his army.
I felt then that I must obey Mr. Davis's solemn charge ks, escorted by the midshipmen under the accomplished and gallant Captain Parker, came through Charlotte; and as among the escort were my brother Jefferson and Mr. Davis's grandnephew, and there seem in the preliminary arrangements for surrender.
He also informed me of Mr. Davis's arrival in Charlotte, and of the announcement made to him there of the assassination of Mr. Lincoln.
I burst into ows, which he had received from Mr. Davis, who had asked him to join and take care of us.
Charlotte, N. C., April 24, 1865. B. N. Harrison, Chester, S. C.
The hostile Government reject the propos