"United States," The American Cyclopedia and Register of Important Events of the Year 1866 (New York: D. Appleton and Company, 1873), 759.
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Memphis, September 17, 1866.
To the President of the Soldiers' and Sailors' Convention, Cleveland, Ohio:
The soldiers of the late Confederate army met here to-day, and deputed the undersigned to congratulate your convention on its efforts to restore peace and quietude to the country, and to express their deep sympathy with your patriotic purpose - and further to assure you that the Confederate soldiers are entirely willing to leave the determination of their rights as citizens of the States, and of the United States, to the soldiers of the Union. On our part we pledge security of life, person, and property, and freedom of speech and opinion to all. A mass meeting will be held here to-morrow night to give formal expression to these purposes and sentiments.
L. J. DEEPSIC,
N. B. FORREST,
M. C. GALLOWAY,