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[464] prominent feature of the war, and, in my judgment, reflects the highest credit upon its author. The news that General Johnston had been removed from the command of the army opposed to us was received by our officers with universal rejoicing.

.... One of the prominent historians of the Confederacy ascribes the misfortunes of the “Lost cause” to the relief of General Johnston; I do not think this, but it certainly contributed materially to hasten its collapse.1

Very respectfully, your obedient servant, J. Hooker, Major-General.

In the Adjutant-General's office in Richmond, in December, 1864, on referring to my report of the campaign of the previous summer in Upper Georgia, I found and read an indorsement on it by the President, to the effect that my narrative differed essentially from statements that he had seen, “contemporaneous” with the events described I immediately wrote him the following note, through the Adjutant-General, which that officer promised to put into his hands next morning. He also promised to obtain a reply as soon as possible.

Richmond, December 21, 1864.
General:
In referring to my report of October 20th, in your office, I saw and read the President's indorsement upon it.

I respectfully ask his Excellency to permit the substance, at least, of the communications referred


1 I find this letter in a late circular of the Messrs. Appleton, of New York, announcing the publication, at an early day, of this book.

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