But even outside the circle of absurd rumours, there were intelligent minds in Richmond
that still entertained lingering hopes of the cause of the Confederacy
The foundation of these hopes was small, but not altogether visionary.
There was a chance that Lee
might get off his army safely, and effect a successful retreat; he might unite with Johnston
; and, although driven from Virginia
, the armies of the Confederacy
might reopen Georgia
and the Carolinas, and place the Government
nearer its resources of subsistence, with the control of a territory practically much larger than that in the Richmond
These things were possibilities, very small and very remote.
It was learned through Northern newspapers, circulated in Richmond
, that President Davis
, who had reached Danville
, had issued there the following proclamation:
This proclamation was the last effusion of the sanguine temperament