|Nor are we able at present to enter more fully
EFFORTS OF THE CONFEDERACY TO EFFECT AN EXCHANGE.
The mission of Vice-President A. H. Stephens, in 1863, resulted in failure, because Vicksburg and Gettysburg made the United States authorities feel that they were in a position to refuse even an audience to the "Rebel" commissioner.
General Lee's overtures to General Grant and to the Federal Government (through the United States Sanitary Commission) were equally futile; and the delegation of Andersonville prisoners, which Mr. Davis paroled to visit the President of the United States and plead for an exchange, were denied and audience, and were spurned from Washington, to carry back the sad tidings that their Government held out no hope of their release.
We have a letter from the wife of the chairman of that delegation (now dead), in which she says that her husband always said that he was more contemptuously treated by Secretary Stanton than he ever was at Andersonville.
We add upon this point the following letter in the Philadelphia Times, which was elicited by the recent discussion:
CLIFTON, PENNSYLVANIA, February 7th, 1876.
I am certainly no admirer of Jefferson Davis or the late Confederacy,
but in justice to him and that the truth may be known, I would state that
I was a prisoner of war for twelve months, and was in Andersonville when
the delegation of prisoners spoken of by Jefferson Davis left there
HENRY M. BRENNAN,
LETTER OF CHIEF JUSTICE SHEA