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Chapter 37: dies irae-dies illa. The lull at Petersburg strain on army and people North and South waiting fears for Richmond after Atlanta peace propositions Mr. Davis' attitude Mr. Stephens' failure at Fortress Monroe Hood's fatal move results of Franklin strange gayeties in Richmond from the Dance to the grave Starvations and theatricals evacuation rumors only Richmond left Joe Johnston Reinstated near desperation Grant Strikes the news in church evacuation scenes
way. Even the Congress seemed impressed with the necessity of meeting any overtures from the North, before it was too late and our dire strait should be known there.
But it was already too late; and the resultless mission of Mr. Stephens to Fortress Monroe proved that the Washington Government now saw plainly that it could force upon us the terms it made the show of offering.
The failure of this mission, no less than the great mystery in which the Government endeavored to wrap it, produced