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This Day in Georgia Civil War History

November 04, 1864

Letter Opposed Anything but “Conquering Peace”

The Richmond Times Dispatch published a letter from Macon, Georgia; the writer (who called himself Alabama) opposed any notion except a “conquering peace.”

Letter from Georgia. [Correspondence of the Richmond Dispatch.] Macon, October 25, 1864. It might not be imprudent to publish, when this reaches you, where the point is towards which General Hood’s army is tending; but I will not say now what, probably, even then, should not be, for military reasons, divulged. Important movements are on foot here, which, if successful, will make every Confederate heart leap for joy; but as their success might be jeoparded by their premature announcement, I forbear. From the great popular interest manifested in the movements of the army, I am satisfied that the heart of this country is true to the Confederate cause, and will compromise with nothing short of conquering a peace, whatever individuals may suggest of other methods for the attainment of the desired boon. The rebuke of Mr. Boyee, of South Carolina, by the people of the vicinage, shows very clearly that the old Palmetto State will be true to her instincts, and will tolerate no doubtful or equivocal language, even in a cherished son, as to the method of attaining the result - solving the great problem. From conversations with several leading gentlemen of Georgia since I entered the State, I derive the assurance that, whatever may float to the surface in the shape of individual opinion or suggestion, even upon the part of distinguished men, the heart of the State is sound to the core; the success of the Confederate cause is uppermost in the minds of everybody, and nothing they desire so much as to see a hearty co-operative effort, upon the part of the Government and people, for the recuperation and support of the armies. The late order revoking details meets with universal approval, and the people are fully prepared for other and more effectual methods of increasing their strength, such as the repeal of the agricultural clause of the late military bill and the contribution of the reserve forces, now limited to the States, to the Confederate force in the field. The resolutions passed at the late Convention of Governors at Augusta meet with a universal feeling of approbation; and great good, in harmonizing discrepancies of opinion rather than interest, is expected to result from it. The President’s visit south has been attended with good results, in imparting new life and hope to the cause, and in causing him to be better understood and more understandingly appreciated. I think he enjoys a higher degree of the popular confidence as a man of wisdom, purity and patriotism than ever before, for the reason that he is better understood than ever before. I cannot but indulge the wish and the hope that the country and the Congress will rally to his support in a spirit of lofty self-abnegation; the first, by willingly yielding to the cause all its resources of men and means; the last, by the exercise of a spirit of grave and earnest wisdom in its deliberations, not heretofore its prime characteristic. If they should, our cause is no longer a problem, but a success.