igade might command a higher tribute for ability and military genius, yet when I consider the claims of the Colonel for this promotion, and the gallant service he has rendered, I am constrained to ask that he receive this merited reward.
The assignment of a junior to this position would be prejudicial to the best interests of the service.
Most respectfully, J. E. B. Stuart, Major-General Commanding Cavalry. October 24th, 1862.
headquarters cavalry division, November 11th, 1862. General S. Cooper, Adjutant and Inspector-General C. S. A.:
General — I have the honor to renew my application for the promotion of Major John Pelham to the rank of lieutenant-colonel of artillery in my division.
He will now have five batteries; and always on the battle field, batteries of other divisions and the reserve are thrown under his command, which make the position he holds one of great responsibility, and it should have corresponding rank.
I will add that Pelham's coolness, courage, abi