General. Mr. Marrin has referred to me your letter of the 19th ulto.
I give you, with pleasure, some of the dates you refer to.
I arrived at Petersburg from Weldon (where I had been ordered to from Charleston to await orders) on or about the 14th May, ‘64.
Finding that General Pickett was very ill from fever, I ordered Genl. Whiting, then at Wilmington, to come at once to Petersburg to assume command, while I moved to Drury's Bluff, where General Hoke temporarily commanded.
General W. arf General Whiting had obeyed my orders, which I sent him by three diff't couriers on the afternoon of the 15th we w'd nevertheless have captured or destroyed Butler's army.
Bragg's last dispatch to Whiting could not have been dated before the 14th of May, for he only knew of my intended attack on the morning of that day.
Fearful of interference from Richard in General Whiting's movement, I insisted as a part of my order to him, that he w'd obey no orders, from any source not passing through