ia and Alabama without our being able to prevent it by any forces now at our disposal.
It is believed that we could not at the present moment gather together an army of thirty thousand men by a concentration of all our forces east of the Mississippi River.
Our sea-coast is in possession of the enemy, and we can not obtain arms and munitions — from abroad except in very small quantities and by precarious and uncertain means of transportation.
We have lost possession in Virginia and Nortill at command, many are unarmed, and the Ordnance Department can not furnish five thousand stand of small arms.
I do not think it would be possible to assemble, equip, and maintain an army of thirty thousand men at any point east of the Mississippi River.
The contest, if continued after this paper is rejected, will be likely to lose entirely the dignity of regular warfare, many of the States will make such terms as they may, in others separate and ineffective hostilities may be prosecut