Inside the Confederate Government: The Diary of Robert Garlick Hill Kean, Head of the Bureau of War

Inside the Confederate Government: The Diary of Robert Garlick Hill Kean, Head of the Bureau of War

Inside the Confederate Government: The Diary of Robert Garlick Hill Kean, Head of the Bureau of War

Inside the Confederate Government: The Diary of Robert Garlick Hill Kean, Head of the Bureau of War

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Robert Garlick Hill Kean, Head of the Confederate Bureau of War, trudged wearily to the War Office that fateful Sunday morning of April 2, 1865. Disaster was written on the horizon and fatigue on the faces of the men at the War Office. Postmaster General Reagan and several others were merely sitting around, hopelessly dreading to start work, awaiting news that could be only bad news. At nine-thirty a messenger hurried in from the telegraph office. The message he carried could not have been a surprise to R. G. H. Kean. General Lee's thin lines at last had been broken. Preparations must commence at once to evacuate Richmond.

Several times recently Kean and his immediate superior, John A. Campbell, the assistant secretary of war, had discussed this eventuality. From inside the Confederate government they had early perceived the gradual decay of the very foundations of their new nation, as the enemy's power ever mounted. And, while perceiving defeat, they had been unable to perceive much hope for the South and its weary people. An unfathomable . . .

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