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ets with full and hearty approval, united with sympathy for those difficulties you have so manfully conquered, and which it is clearly perceived no act or omission of yours had any part in creating. Early in April General Scott sent renewed assurances of his confidence, and on the 10th of April General Johnston was notified by the adjutant-general of his appointment as brevet brigadier-general. A few days later, April 15th, it was announced, in General Orders No. 8, that Brevet Major-General Persifer F. Smith and Brevet Brigadier-General William S. Harney were assigned to the Department of Utah, thus superseding General Johnston and placing him third in command. Notwithstanding the compliments paid him, this was a practical way of saying that, though he was good enough for a winter campaign, the Government preferred some one else to do its summer fighting. General Johnston, on the 8th of July, having placed the army in a commanding position at Camp Floyd, addressed a communic
anxiety the progress of our line of battle, across an open field, expecting any moment when fire would be opened from the woods on the other side. This was the last time I saw him alive, and his appearance then is stamped on my memory. Hon. Jefferson Davis told the writer that Mr. Buchanan asked him if he could advise him who was the best man to appoint to the command of the Utah Expedition. He recommended General Johnston. But if not Johnston, who then? inquired the President. Persifer F. Smith, if his health will allow, answered Mr. Davis. Whom else could you recommend, if neither of these could be sent? asked the President. Robert E. Lee. Mr. Buchanan then said, Do you and General Scott ever by any possibility agree? I should not like to think that I did not often agree on military affairs with a man of General Scott's experience, replied Mr. Davis. Well, said Mr. Buchanan, you have named the same persons for this service, though not in the same order. Judge William P