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[449] told him that he had just concluded a protracted and painful interview with Colonel Lee; that he had said to Colonel Lee that he was authorized by the President of the United States to tender to him the supreme command of the armies of the United States, and that he received from Colonel Lee the reply, that his first duty was to the State of Virginia. If Virginia remained by the Union, he should stand with her. If Virginia should secede, he would go with her. In relating the interview General Scott's feelings overcame him, and he sobbed aloud.

I do not remember in Colonel Alexander's statement that the qualification of the nominal superiority in command of General Scott was mentioned; that, however, I supposed to be implied. My conversation with Colonel Alexander was several years ago, and I would not undertake to repeat its details with the same accuracy that I do that of Governor Anderson; but as to the substance of Colonel Alexander's statement there can be no doubt.

I have believed, my comrades, that these incidents would be of interest to you, as they were to me. I have especially desired to preserve, in some permanent historical form, the statement of Governor Anderson, who is still living, and who will verify the correctness of my statements so far as they refer to him.

If in any one thing more than another injustice has been done by the Northern people to the South, it is in the intimation, sometimes uttered in the highest places—uttered even in the Senate of the United States—that the Southern leaders were actuated by a false and unholy ambition.

If the fact here stated shall be accepted historically as true, it refutes the charge at once and forever as it relates to the great leader of the Southern armies.


Letter from Joshua F. Bullitt.

I have read what you propose to say at the meeting of Morgan's command, about to take place in Lexington, Ky., concerning the statements of Colonel Thomas L. Alexander, as to the interview between General Scott and the then Colonel Robert E. Lee. Colonel Alexander was one of my most intimate friends, and as reliable a man as I ever knew. In 1862—the exact time I do not remember, but it was before the advance of McClellan's army from Washington


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