two before that and one since from Louisa Boggs. You have had a terrible time with your eyes: I hope they have improved sufficiently to allow you to travel. It can only be about a month more that I can remain here with you. I did not go to the front as was anticipated but left Thomas to move his own forces. I have not been very well for the last three or four days but hope to be all right in a day or two. I have been taking quinine enough to make my head buz and now have taken a large dose of Blue Mass. 1 This I hope will be the last.
Kisses for the children and yourself, and remember me to all the household.
Head Quarters, Mil. Div. of the Miss.
Nashville Ten. Feb.y 26th 1864
GEN. J. E. JOHNSTON,
COMD. G C. S. FORCES, NORTHERN GA,
I have learned, 1 do not know as to the reliability of my information, that J. T. Stancel, Jesse Grear & Robt. Waits, soldiers belonging to the 3d West Tennessee Cavalry, U. S. Service, are now confined at Atlanta Ga. charged with belonging to the C. S. Army.
I would state that these men have been for a long time in the Federal Army and are entitled to the same treatment as other prisoners of War. Of course I would claim no right to retaliate for the punishment of deserters who had actually been mustered into the Confederate Army, and afterwards deserted and joined ours. But I cannot agree that any wholesale Conscription act can cover as deserters persons who escape into our lines and join our service to avoid such conscription. Further, I would claim that persons