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Chapter 25: spring of 1865. We are near the end of the tremendous struggle for Southern independence. In the last month of winter the famous Hampton Roads' Conference was held between President Lincoln and the Southern Commissioners. The only terms offered were unconditional submission to the Federal authorities, and it proved an utter failure. In Richmond gloom and anxiety filled the minds of the people. The noble army of Gen. Lee, reduced to thirty thousand men, had a line forty miles long in front of Gen. Grant, with his splendidly equipped force of a hundred and fifty thousand men. Gen. Johnston, in command of the remnant of Hood's army and portions of other forces, could count only twenty-five thousand men to confront forty thousand, flushed with victory, moving from th. South under Gen. Sherman. In the midst of disasters, and under the thickening gloom of war clouds, the people of the South lifted up their voice to Him that ruleth the nations. The President, in a