John A. Campbell Amnesty File, M1003, National Archives
13. All these efforts being abortive, I could only await the ruin certainly to arrive. I wrote to Gov. Fitzgerald of Alabama of date 9th March 1865 telling him that Richmond would be evacuated, Gen. Lee’s army disbanded or surrendered, & the Confederate army destroyed & to take measure for the restoration of Alabama to the Union.
14. I determined to remain in Richmond when evacuation should occur & to renew my obligations to the U. S.
15. I reported to Brig. Gen. Shepley, Military Governor of Richmond 4 April 1865 and obtained military protection upon a statement of my determination.
16. I had a conference with the late President Lincoln the 4th April 1865 in which I informed him of my position.
I informed him that efforts for peace had been made during the winder & that the most prominent public men of the State were ready to aid in the work of pacification  and that if he would call them together the work would be nearly done “that when leniency & cruelty play for the conquest of a kingdom the gentlest player will be the soonest winner.”
He appointed a second interview the following morning & exhibited a broad, liberal, generous, & magnanimous form of settlement, that endears his memory to me – a portion of his plan was in writing, & he left it with me.
He voluntarily proposed, not to call the public & unofficial men, as I suggested, but the legislature of Virginia, “that they might attorn to the legitimate authority.”
My connection with President Lincoln was a connection of good faith & unfeigned desire to secure peace – in a permanent & abiding form for this Union. All imputations of an other purpose proceed from jealously, ill will, & distrust.
17. I subscribed the oath of amnesty under the proclamation of President Lincoln of 8th Decr 1865 the 6th May 1865. I applied for amnesty under an order of Gen. Halleck of the 4th of that month.
I have directed that proofs of that petition be forwarded & ask that they be considered with this.
18. I was arrested at my home, in Richmond at 10 P. M. the 22nd ult & sent to this Post the 30th ult.
[remainder, not related to Lincoln’s visit, or the peace plan, was not transcribed. MDG]
[signed] J. A. Campbell
Fort Pulaski 22nd June 65