ty, and sought to hide it from the world.
We can appreciate that, sir.
On the morning of the 31st of January General Grant received a letter sent in on the Petersburg front the day before, signed by the Confederates Alexander H. Stephens, J. A. Campbell, and R. M. T. Hunter, asking permission to come through our lines.
These gentlemen constituted the celebrated Peace Commission, and were on their way to endeavor to have a conference with Mr. Lincoln.
The desired permission to enter our linrant was writing in his quarters when a knock came upon the door.
In obedience to his Come in!
the party entered, and were most cordially received, and a very pleasant conversation followed.
Stephens was the Vice-President of the Confederacy; Campbell, a former justice of the Supreme Court of the United States, was Assistant Secretary of War; and Hunter was president pro tempore of the Confederate Senate.
As General Grant had been instructed from Washington to keep them at City Point until
h experience in getting through to our lines.
Their names were J. A. Campbell and A. H. Rowand, Jr. As Campbell had the despatch in his posseCampbell had the despatch in his possession, I told him to step into the mess-room with me, and hand it to the general in person, so as to comply literally with his instructions, koin the Army of the Potomac.
The general proceeded to interrogate Campbell, but the ladies, who had now become intensely interested in the sc copy of the despatch, and each was left to select its own route.
Campbell and Rowand started on horseback from Columbia on the evening of thpommels of their saddles, and swam their horses across the river.
Campbell had taken the roll of tin-foil which contained the despatch from tection of the South Anna River until they met their commander.
Campbell was only nineteen years of age. Sheridan always addressed him as By of his many hair-breadth escapes that year would fill a volume.
Campbell has always remained a scout and is still in the employ of the gove
cout who had brought the important despatch sent by Sheridan from Columbia to City Point.
I said to him, How do you do, Campbell?
and told our men he was all right, and was one of our people.
He said he had had a hard ride from Sheridan's camp, ans time the general had also recognized him, and had ridden up to him and halted in the road to see what he had brought.
Campbell took from his mouth a small pellet of tin-foil, opened it, and pulled out a sheet of tissue-paper, on which was written r a few minutes, and wrote a despatch to Ord, using the pony's back for a desk, and then, mounting the fresh horse, told Campbell to lead the way. It was found that we would have to skirt pretty closely to the enemy's lines, and it was thought that i's safety was now entirely in the power of a comparatively unknown man, I, for one, began to grow suspicious.
Just then Campbell fell back several paces and suddenly turned his horse into a piece of woods which we were skirting, and seemed to be act