Official Records, Series IV, Vol. 3, p. 1194
RICHMOND, VA., April 2, 1865
Lieut. S. R. SHINN:
DEAR SHINN: I have delayed writing
in order to be able to give you some definite information on the negro question.
The Secretary of War day before yesterday directed that the authority asked for
be given Colonel Otey, and I telegraphed you to that effect. I have no doubt the
orders have reached him by this time. Go to work and work, work, work. If the
people of Virginia only knew and appreciated General Lee’s solicitude on this
subject they would not longer hold back their slaves. Their wives and daughters
and the negroes are the only elements left us to recruit from, and it does seem
that our people would rather send the former even to face death and danger than
give up the latter.
Major Carrington has been appointed superintendent for the
Stat of Virginia and a good one he will make. I shall do something myself with a
view to raising a command. I may be so situated as to need your services and to
advance your interests. If so, you shall hear from me.*
Let me hear from you at once.
TH. P. TURNER.
*some strictly personal matter here omitted.
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