Macon, Ga. Jany 25t 65
My dear Genl.,
Deas's and Manigault's Brigades passed through here this morning on their way
to S.C. Lee['s] Corps are certainly going in this direction. Cheatham and Stewart are yet
behind but it is probable the first may follow Lee. The high waters have interrupted RR
communications in S.C.
I rec'd your letter a day or two since and agree fully in the views you express
except in being hopeful about prompt & wise actions of congress while I think it better
that Johnston should be restored to the Com'd it shocks me for congress to dictate to the
President. Of all things we must not weaken Mr. Davis['s] authority. With him [we are
in line or fall?]. I showed your letter to Clisby. He is very hopeless and thinks it is the
worst policy in the world to put negroes in the army.
I had a letter dated Camden Apr 13 from my relative [C***] Cahill. He is very
hopeful of ultimate success. Says it is impossible for the army to move for the want of
transportation & provisions towards Mr. Price carried 9,000 men with him & brought out
60,000 recruits had not time to arm them before he was driven out [of] state. Could he
have held it while secure he would have had an army of 60,000. Cahill says it is
impossible for the boys to cross Miss. It was tried, but failed.
I still hope you will remain in Fla until the winter is over but if you do not, I shall
expect to see you here.
My regards to Mrs. A.
Transcribed by Christopher A. Baker, University of Florida, 2008.