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Confederate General John H. Morgan writes to General Joseph E. Johnston to relate Morgan's conversation with Jefferson Davis, in which he requested restoration of his command. Morgan also mentions the possible expedition intended against Nashville. He informs Johnson of information, from an officer who had escaped from the Nashville Penitentiary, that claimed there would be no difficulty in accomplishing all intended in Nashville as there were no more than three hundred troops, "most of whom were negroes," dated April 3, 1864.


[recto] Abingdon Va April 3d 1864 Genl Joseph E. Johnston Genl: When I arrived in Richmond I called on the President for the purpose of urging upon him the justice of restoring my command. In the course of our conversation of this subject, I incidentally mentioned the expedition which was intended against Nashville and the President replied that he was not aware of such a expedition having been projected. He then summoned Genl Bragg and inquired of him if he knew anything of the matter? He said he did not, this being the first information he had ever had on the subject. I deem it my duty to mention to you this interview as you were so very kind as to write to me explaining the cause of my being ordered to this department and expressing your regret at our separation. I assure you Genl that you do not regret it more than I do, as I felt when I was ordered to report to you, that I would have no difficulty in obtaining all that would be necessary to render my command efficient. I will take occasion to mention here, that from information I have just obtained from one of my officers who [verso] escaped from the Nashville Penitentiary about the first of March, that there would have been no difficulty in reaching Nashville and accomplishing all that was intended, as there were not more than three hundred troops there at the time most of whom were negroes. With many thanks for the kind and complimentary expressions contained in your letter I remain Very Respectfully Your obt Svt.

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Confederate, General John Hunt Morgan, General Joseph E. Johnston, General Bragg, Abingdon, Virginia, Nashville, Nashville Penitentiary, April 3 1864

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Copy of a letter from John Hunt Morgan to Confederate General Joseph E. Johnston regarding the former's arrival in Richmond and interview with Confederate President Jefferson Davis.



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