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The Daily Dispatch: April 8, 1862., [Electronic resource], House of Representatives. Monday, April 7, 1862. (search)
ainder of my troops, and save the large accumulation of stores and provisions after that disheartening disaster. I transmitted the reports of Gens. Floyd and Pillow without examining or analyzing the facts, and scarcely with time to read them. When about to assume command of this Department, the Government charged me witinvestigation of the conduct of the Generals; for, in the mean time, their services were required and their influence useful. Forth as reasons Generals Floyd and Pillow were as signal to duty; for I still fell confidence in their gallantry, their energy, and their devotion to the Confederacy. I have thus recurred to the motithe conviction that they have not been withdrawn from me in adversity. All the reports requisite for a full investigation have been ordered. Gens. Floyd and Pillow have been suspended from command. [Here follow some allusions not necessary to an unders auding of the main objects of the letter, and a statement of the dis
rebel "army of the Mississippi." the command of which their crack Beauregard has recently assumed. Beauregard's department is understood to extend at least as far east as Decatur, Alabama, and Westward as far as may be necessary for the defence of Memphis. He is known to have been making his headquarters last week at Corinth — within ten or fifteen miles of our picket lines and during a portion of the week it is also certain that he had around him at the same point Generals Polk Johnston, Pillow, Cheatham, Freeman, and Wright. Our line on the other hand, for the present, is imply the Tennessee river, from Smithland, Kentucky to Eastport, Mississippi.--There have been numerous ineffectual attempts to oppose our free passage along the river, but the two wooden gunboats, the Lexington and A. O. Taylor, have served an admirable purpose as a roving police, preventing the erection of batteries, and silencing the only one that had been completed — that at Pittsburg Landing, nine miles