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Letter from Joseph E. Johnston to Winnie, written at Charlotte, N.C. on April 23, 1865, less than two weeks after General Lee's surrender at Appomattox and the assassination of Abraham Lincoln. Johnston discusses the state of his forces and the Confederacy.
April 23d, 1865
My dear Winnie[?]
I have been detained here longer than was expected when the last telegraph was sent you.
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The dispersion of Lee's army and the surrender of the [illegible] which remained with him destroyed the hopes I entertained when we parted. Had that army held together, I am most[?] confident that we could have successfully executed the plan which I sketched to you, and would have been today on the high road to independence. Even after that disaster, of the men who straggled, say thirty or forty thousand in number, had come back with this army and with a disposition to fight, we might have repaired the damage; but all was sadly the reverse of that. They threw away theirs[?], and were uncontrollably resolved to go home. The small guards along the road have some times been unable to prevent the pillaging of trains and depots. Panic has seized the country.
[Crossed out:] J. c[?] Johnston and[?] Beauregard were [illegible]"
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The loss of arms has been so great that should the spirit of the people rise to the occasion, it would not be at this time possible adequately to supply them with the weapons of war.
The above is an accurate extract from the publication in the Globe-Democrat.
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Johnston, Joseph Eggleston, "Letter from Joseph E. Johnston to Winnie" (1865). Broadus R. Littlejohn, Jr. Manuscript and Ephemera Collection. 17.
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