consent to include Mr. Davis
and the officers of his cabinet in an otherwise general amnesty.1
Much of the afternoon was consumed in endeavors to dispose of this part of the question in a manner that would be satisfactory both to the Government
of the United States
and the Southern
people, as well as to the Confederate President
; but at sunset no conclusion had been reached, and the conference was suspended, to be resumed at ten o'clock next morning.
Thinking it probable that the confidential relations of the Secretary of War
with Mr. Davis
might enable him to remove the only obstacle to an adjustment, I requested him by telegraph to join me as soon as possible.
and Mr. Reagan
came to General Hampton
's quarters together, an hour or two before daybreak.
After they had received from me as full an account of the discussion of the day before as my memory enabled me to give, and had learned the terms agreed upon, and the difficulty in the way of full agreement, Mr. Reagan
proposed to reduce them to writing, to facilitate reconsideration.
In doing so, he included the article for amnesty without exceptions, the only one not fully agreed to. This paper, being unfinished when General Breckenridge
and myself set out to the place of meeting, was to be sent to me there.
When we met, I proposed to General Sherman
that General Breckenridge
should be admitted to